Taylor, 24 when he died, was a Pro Bowl safety for the Redskins who had previously been a popular, locally grown star at the University of Miami.The Redskins drafted Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft and he signed an million contract.Sasha Johnson, 27, said that 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr.once played for a little league football team in Fort Myers coached by her father. 1, 2007, Johnson said Taylor threw her a birthday party at his Miami-area home attended by her boyfriend, Devon Wardlow, and Jason Mitchell.Alexia Anderson said the mother of a mutual friend rented them the vehicle because they were underage.Rivera was only 17 when Taylor was killed.“They drove away in it,” Anderson testified.“Who was actually driving?Ladies, no need for the knives and crazy eyes to come out.
The fifth suspect, Venjah Hunte, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary and may testify against the others.
The baby, who was in a crib, and Taylor 's girlfriend, who was hiding under the bed sheets, were not harmed.
MIAMI — The half-sister of slain Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor testified Tuesday that she knew the alleged shooter and that another suspect in the case saw Taylor give her a ,000 cash birthday present weeks before the November 2007 slaying.
Prosecutors say Rivera was wearing Nike Shox sneakers that night and Mitchell had on the Reeboks, which were seized from his home.
Mancini also said two identical 9mm bullet casings were found inside the home, one outside Taylor’s bedroom and one on a sofa near a rear sliding glass door downstairs.