Trial set for accused killer of NFL star Sean Taylor

Eric Rivera, Jr. trial set for April 16

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Washington Redskins safety and former University of Miami Hurricanes star Sean Taylor died one day after being shot in his South Florida home.

MIAMI - A judge has set an April 16 trial date for the alleged shooter in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.

Four men accused in the slaying will be tried separately. The Miami judge said Friday that the first to stand trial will be 21-year-old Eric Rivera Jr.

Trial dates for the others have not been set.

The men from the Fort Myers area are accused of fatally shooting Taylor during an attempted robbery at his home. All have pleaded not guilty and face potential life prison sentences if convicted.

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

Taylor was an All-Pro with the Redskins who also starred at the University of Miami and Miami Gulliver Prep.

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