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The 12-person panel resumed debate late Monday morning over the fate of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. of Fort Myers. Some jurors last week said they were having difficulty reaching a decision.
A celebration nearly a century in the making was unfolding at the old ballpark, a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness. Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.
The jury mulling the fate of a Florida man accused of killing Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor is back for day two of its deliberations.
The father of a man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor testified Monday that it took him hours to find his son the day he was arrested, and that his son appeared shaken and frightened when they finally were allowed to meet.
Investigators took Eric Rivera Jr. into custody in Fort Myers on Nov. 30, 2007, a few days after Taylor was fatally shot in his Miami-area home during what investigators say was a botched burglary. His father, Eric Rivera Sr., said he went to two local police departments and called his son's cell phone several times, but could not locate him.
The detective said initially Rivera told investigators he went to the movies on the weekend Taylor was shot in 2007. Later, he grew nervous when he saw detectives interviewing another suspect and confessed.
A man on trial in the slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor admitted to breaking into the NFL player's home, kicking down the bedroom door and shooting Taylor, and drew a detailed diagram of the house, labeling himself as the shooter, according to a videotaped confession played for the jury Thursday.
MIAMI | The half-sister of slain Redskins star Sean Taylor testified Tuesday that she knew the alleged shooter and that another suspect in the case saw Taylor give her a $10,000 cash birthday present weeks before the November 2007 slaying.
Sasha Johnson testified Tuesday that Rivera played for a little league football team in Fort Myers coached by her father. Johnson also dated the brother of another man charged in Taylor's 2007 killing.