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Jury convicts man of second-degree murder in killing of Redskins star Taylor during burglary

  • Eric Rivera Jr. is moved to the courtroom holding room for the start of the fourth day of jury deliberation, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in the Sean Taylor murder trial, in Miami.  Rivera was found guilty of second degree murder Monday in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case. Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot, Pool)

    Eric Rivera Jr. is moved to the courtroom holding room for the start of the fourth day of jury deliberation, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in the Sean Taylor murder trial, in Miami. Rivera was found guilty of second degree murder Monday in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case. Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, Eric Rivera, Jr.,  talks with his the defense team during his trial for the slaying of Sean Taylor in MIami. Rivera was convicted Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched home burglary. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case of Eric Rivera Jr. Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch, Pool, File) NO SALES

    FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, Eric Rivera, Jr., talks with his the defense team during his trial for the slaying of Sean Taylor in MIami. Rivera was convicted Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, of second-degree murder in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched home burglary. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating about 16 hours over several days in the case of Eric Rivera Jr. Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch, Pool, File) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In this Aug. 24, 2005 file photo, Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor is shown at training camp in Ashburn, Va. A 23-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Miami, in the 2007 slaying of Taylor during what witnesses say was a botched burglary. The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor's death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door.  (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2005 file photo, Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor is shown at training camp in Ashburn, Va. A 23-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Miami, in the 2007 slaying of Taylor during what witnesses say was a botched burglary. The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor's death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Miami jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the in the killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, who was shot outside his bedroom after witnesses said he confronted a group of young men who broke into his home.

The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict Monday in the trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor's death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door. But at the trial, he said on the witness stand that his confession was given only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.

Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary.