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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Sean Taylor killing: Judge sets April 16 trial date for alleged shooter

A Miami judge on Friday scheduled the trial for the man charged with shooting and killing former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor to begin April 16, according to an Associated Press report.

Eric Rivera Jr., 21, will be the first of the four suspects accused of killing Taylor to go to trial. The men will be tried separately.

Rivera and the other three men have pleaded not guilty, but if convicted could receive life sentences.

A fifth member of the group has already pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges and is expected to testify against the others.

Taylor died a day after the shooting on Nov. 27, 2007, during an alleged late-night robbery attempt at his Miami home.

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