Accused shooter denies he’s the one who killed Sean Taylor

AP

The man accused of killing for Redskins safety Sean Taylor took the stand Tuesday and denied he was in the home at the time of the shooting.

According to David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, accused murderer Eric Rivera told jurors he did not know he and a group of four men were going to burglarize Taylor’s home, and that he was in the car at the time shots were fired.

Did I know we were going to Sean Taylor’s house? No,” Rivera said.

Rivera claimed he stayed inside the SUV as the others went inside Taylor’s home, and that he didn’t know anyone had been shot until the others raced back to the car.

He also said the shooter was Venjah Hunte, the only one of the five defendants to have pleaded guilty so far.

Rivera will face cross-examination this afternoon, which will be interesting since police contend he has already confessed.

Rivera also claimed today that Miami-Dade police coerced him into confessing, and didn’t allow him a chance to call his parents.

18 responses to “Accused shooter denies he’s the one who killed Sean Taylor

  1. “Rivera also claimed today that Miami-Dade police coerced him into confessing, and didn’t allow him a chance to call his parents.”

    Parents?

    Ahem…..hello? Dad?

  2. A crying shame, what happened to that poor young man..A great player, and according to Joe Gibbs, a kid who was just beginning to find himself in the world, and with a young baby.

    Think of the state of the Redskins secondary these days. In the last decade or so, they LET GO OF LaRon Landry, Champ Bailey, Carlos Rogers, and Ryan Clark, and Sean Taylor was murdered…Isn’t that something?

  3. Wait….the police coerced a confession out of a scared kid? But I thought they were the good guys!

  4. He’s trying to distance himself from the killing, given that his lawyer must have explained to him “joint and several” liability.

    However, if he didn’t head straight to the police station after the event to line himself up as a witness – he automatically becomes a suspect.

    Just the way it is…

  5. The ‘justice’ system in this country is a complete joke.

    5 years for this to resolve itself. On Florida’s dime? In an economic crisis?

    Couple shots from a .38 costs less than a trip to McDonalds.

    Pathetic.

  6. It has been just short of 6 years (Nov 2007) since Sean Taylor’s tragic death. It’s ridiculous that it has taken this long for his killer(s) to be brought to justice.

  7. dbones750 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:58 PM

    Wait….the police coerced a confession out of a scared kid? But I thought they were the good guys!

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    Wait.. an accused murderer and gang-banger might be lying about police conduct to save his own Skin? No, I thought all accused murderers/gang-bangers were the “good guys”….

  8. ” In the last decade or so, they LET GO OF LaRon Landry, Champ Bailey, Carlos Rogers, and Ryan Clark, and Sean Taylor was murdered…Isn’t that something?”

    With DHall as the nickle, that could be one of the best secondaries in the league. That’s pretty depressing to think about.

  9. Guessing he’s going with the “I may have shot him, but it was the bullet that killed him” defense?

  10. Wow. I can’t believe its been almost 6 years. I still watch the hit on the punter in the pro bowl. Dude was just a beast of man playing safety. One of my all-time favorite players and I’m a cowboys fan.

  11. dbones750 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 2:58 PM
    Wait….the police coerced a confession out of a scared kid? But I thought they were the good guys!
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    You keep living your life backwards and you’ll keep going nowhere, fast.

    SMH.

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