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Jury convicts man in killing of Redskins’ Taylor

Jury convicts man in killing of Redskins’ Taylor

CONVICTED: Eric Rivera Jr., with his attorney, seen during the trial in the slaying of Sean Taylor. Photo: Associated Press

CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the in the killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, who was shot outside his bedroom after witnesses said he confronted a group of young men who broke into his home.

The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict Monday in the trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor’s death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door.

But at the trial, he said on the witness stand that his confession was given only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.

Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary.

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