The deceased NFL player’s heartbreaking murder case has finally come to a close, after his killer, Eric, was convicted of second-degree murder on Nov. 4 in a Miami courtroom.
A Florida jury decided the fate of Eric Rivera, deliberating over 4 days. They finally convicted him of second-degree murder and armed burglary for the 2007 home invasion and death of Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor.
Eric Rivera Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder
Eric was convicted of second-degree murder for killing the NFL player with a gunshot wound during a home invasion.
He originally confessed to police that he was the one that shot Taylor, since a group of four men burglarized Sean’s home. Once Eric took the witness stand, though, he said investigators made him confess to the murder and stated that one of the other burglars shot Sean.
Eric is just one of the four men charged with murder and burglary. He is also the first to face a jury, and was 17 at the time of the shooting. The others will stand trial at a later point.
Eric Rivera Shot Sean Taylor In 2007
Sean died on Nov. 27, 2007, eight days after his home was broken into on Nov. 18 by Eric and Venjah Hunte, Jason Scott Mitchell, and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow.
He was shot in the leg by Eric during a second burglary on Nov. 26, and was 24 at the time of his death.
In 2008, another suspect, Timothy Brown, was arrested in connection to the murder. He will eventually stand trial as well.
Sean started his football career as a star players at the University of Miami. He was the fifth overall pick for the Washington Redskins’ 2004 NFL draft.
– Ivy Jacobson