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Man Accused of Shooting Pigskins’ Sean Taylor Finally Headed to Trial

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The young man accused of killing former Washington Pigskins free safety Sean Taylor six years ago in a botched armed robbery in Miami is finally headed to trial.

Eric Rivera, the now 23-year-old who is accused of actually pulling the trigger of the gun that killed the football star, is the first of the five defendants involved in the armed robbery of Taylor's Miami home to go on trial, the Miami Herald reports.

The opening of jury selection starts tomorrow. Rivera is on trial for first-degree murder and armed burglary charges and, if convicted,  faces life in prison.

The trial has been delayed several times because of scheduling conflicts and Rivera switching attorneys, according to the Herald.

Police evidence found that the defendants, all teenagers at the time, apparently thought Taylor would not be home at the time of the robbery.

The Pigskins selected Taylor as the  fifth overall pick in 2004, and he became a starter by his third game.

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