MIAMI (CBSDC/AP) — The jury mulling the fate of a Florida man accused of killing Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor asked a question in its second day of deliberations.
Jurors wanted to know Thursday how to define when Eric Rivera Jr. would be considered a principal actor in the overall crime. If Rivera is considered a principal, he can be convicted whether or not jurors find he fired the fatal shot.
The 23-year-old Rivera could face life in prison if convicted of Taylor’s November 2007 slaying. Testimony showed Taylor was shot during a failed burglary at his Miami-area home by a group of young men from Fort Myers.
Rivera confessed but testified his statement was coerced and that he didn’t kill Taylor.
Taylor, who was 24 at the time of his death, was a Pro Bowl safety and starred at the University of Miami.
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