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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    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.

    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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    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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