Taylor Suspect Wants Evidence Hearing Closed

Man who allegedly pulled trigger on NFL star wants media out of hearing

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    TAMPA - NOVEMBER 19: Sean Taylor #21 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 19, 2006 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

    The man accused of shooting former NFL star Sean Taylor inside his Miami home in 2007 wants an upcoming hearing closed to the media.

    Eric Rivera Jr., one of five people charged in the botched robbery at Taylor's home in November 2007, is due in a Miami-Dade court on Apr. 6.

    Rivera's attorney wants the evidence hearing closed to limit publicity and ensure a fair trial. The hearing will concern whether statements, confessions and other evidence will be allowed at the trial expected later this year.

    The 20-year-old Rivera, along with suspects Charles Wardlow, Jason Scott Mitchell and Timmy Lee Brown, have all pleaded not guilty.

    Venjah Hunt, who allegedly drove the group to Taylor's home, pleaded guilty in 2008.

    Taylor, who starred at the University of Miami, became an All-Pro NFLer with the Washington Redskins.