Trial Date Set for Man Charged in Sean Taylor Murder

Eric Rivera charged with first-degree murder in death of NFL star in Miami

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    Miami-Dade Corrections
    Eric Rivera

    A judge has set a trial date for one of the men charged in the 2007 murder of NFL star Sean Taylor in Miami.

    Eric Rivera, 23, is charged with first-degree murder and burglary with assault or battery in the death of Taylor, who was killed during what prosecutors say was a botched robbery at his Miami-area home.

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    On Monday, a judge scheduled his trial date for Oct. 15. It had been scheduled to begin Monday and has been delayed several times.

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    Taylor, a two-time Pro Bowl safety for the Washington Redskins, had starred at the University of Miami, helping the Hurricanes to the national championship in 2001.

    Rivera and three others, all from the Fort Myers area, have pleaded not guilty and are being tried separately. Each faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

    A fifth man previously pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges and is likely to testify against the others.

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