Trial begins for second suspect in Sean Taylor murder

Opening statements begin in murder trial of Jason Mitchell

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MIAMI - A trial has begun in South Florida for a second man accused of taking part in a botched 2007 burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor.

Opening statements began Tuesday for Jason Mitchell, one of five men from the Fort Myers area charged with murder.

The shooter, Eric Rivera Jr., was convicted last fall of second-degree murder and sentenced to 57 years in prison.

Evidence in Rivera's trial showed Taylor was fatally shot after confronting the would-be burglars in his Palmetto Bay home.

The group, who were all teenagers at the time, thought Taylor was out of town.

Two other men await trial. One has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary.

Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.

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