Reports: Taylor suspect linked to earlier crime

Updated: 08 December 2007 15:22 IST

At least one suspect charged in the killing of NFL star Sean Taylor was part of an earlier break-in at the player's home, according to newspaper reports.

Reports: Taylor suspect linked to earlier crime

Miami:

At least one suspect charged in the killing of NFL star Sean Taylor was part of an earlier break-in at the player's home, according to newspaper reports.

Investigators believe they have connected a single suspect to the November 18 break-in at Taylor's suburban Miami home, the Miami Herald reported.

The Herald cited unnamed law enforcement sources who were familiar with the Taylor case.

The link between the November 18 and November 26 break-ins was also noted in The New York Times, which reported at least two of the suspects in Taylor's killing had participated in the earlier crime.

Detective Mario Rachid of the Miami-Dade Police Department said on Thursday he could not confirm the connection.

Taylor died on November 27, a day after he was shot in the bedroom of his home. Police have said the 24-year-old Washington Redskins player was a victim of a botched burglary.

Jason Mitchell, 19, Charles Wardlow, 18, Eric Rivera, 17, and Venjah Hunte, 20, have been charged with first-degree felony murder and armed burglary.

Eight days before the shooting, someone pried open a front window at Taylor's home, rifled through drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed.

Michael Hornung, the attorney for Hunte, said on Thursday his client had never been to Taylor's house before November 26. Landon Miller, Mitchell's attorney, said he was aware of the allegations but could not comment. Sawyer Smith, one of Rivera's attorneys, said he could not comment.

David Brener, the attorney for Wardlow, did not return a call on Thursday seeking comment.

All four suspects have been denied bail. Their arraignments are scheduled for December 21.



Topics : Football
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