Sean Taylor killer convicted of murder

Updated: November 4, 2013
Sean Taylor

We finally have a verdict in the trial of the accused killers of former Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was shot to death at his Florida home in November 2007.

A South Florida jury has convicted Eric Rivera, Jr., of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched home burglary.

The 12-person panel reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over four days. Rivera, 23, was also convicted of armed burglary.

Rivera told police in a videotaped confession that he shot Taylor after kicking in the bedroom door. …

According to CBS Miami, Rivera told the jury that he did not go inside Taylor’s home, claiming he stayed in the car during the burglary and accusing another man, Venhjah Hunt, of being the shooter.

Three of the five defendants await trial. A fourth pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

The death penalty is not an option for Rivera because he was a teenager at the time of the alleged murder, according to CBS Miami.

We have waited almost six years for this news. Let’s hope the rest of the trials are concluded quickly and fairly.