Judge Delays Sean Taylor Murder Suspect's Plea Deal Flip

Man charged in NFLer's killing will have to wait a week to withdraw guilty plea

By Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Jun 12, 2009  |  Updated 11:34 AM EDT
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Judge Delays Sean Taylor Murder Suspect's Plea Deal Flip

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One of the men charged in the murder of former Miami star and Redskins standout Sean Taylor wants to drop his guilty plea.

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One of the five thugs who coldly shot and killed former Washington Redskin Sean Taylor during a 2007 robbery of the football star's Miami home is trying to withdraw his guilty plea, but he'll have to wait another week.

A judge postponed a hearing today for suspect Venjah Hunte who wants to flip on the deal that would put him behind bars for no more than 29 years. Hunte could face a life sentence if he withdraws his guilty plea.

Hunte, 21, and four accomplices killed the 24-year-old Taylor during a home invasion and robbery attempt. All five suspects are from the Fort Myers area and all are being held in jail without bail.

The others charged in the killing -- Charles Wardlow, 19, Jason Scott Mitchell, 21, Timmy Lee Brown, 17, and Eric Rivera, 19 -- have pled not guilty. Their trial is expected to begin in January.

Taylor helped lead the University of Miami to a 2001 National Championship before becoming an All-Pro safety with the Washington Redskins.

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