Trial Involving Shooting Death of Sean Taylor Postponed Until June

By Amy Shipley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 27, 2009; 11:06 AM

MIAMI -- The trial involving the shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was again postponed when defense attorneys today asked a Miami state court judge for more time to interview witnesses.

Circuit court Judge Dennis J. Murphy granted the request and put off setting a new trial date until June 9, when he requested reports from the defense on their progress on discovery. Originally scheduled to go to trial last August, the trial date had been re-set for March 9.

Eric Rivera, 18; Jason Scott Mitchell, 21; Charles K. Wardlow, 19; and Timmy Lee Brown, 17; face first-degree murder and armed burglary charges in connection with Taylor's death. The former Redskins safety died days after Thanksgiving in 2007 after being shot in his Miami home during a botched burglary attempt.

The men appeared in court Friday in red jump suits and handcuffs. Their attorneys told Murphy there were 100 potential witnesses between Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., that had not yet been interviewed. The defendants are from Fort Myers, which is on Florida's west coast and a drive of about 2 1/2 hours from Miami.

One of the original defendants, Venjah Hunte, 21, pleaded guilty last year and is expected to testify during trial.

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