|Published:||Oct 15, 2013 7:16 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 16, 2013 10:31 AM EDT|
MIAMI, Fla.- Only our cameras were in a Miami courtroom Tuesday, as jury selection started for a Lee County man charged in the death of a famous football player.
Jury selection is expected to take all week, as concern over media attention is bringing many questions to potential jurors.
Missing his orange jumpsuit, murder suspect Eric Rivera sat quietly in a Miami- Dade county courtroom. He stared straight at the potential jurors who could determine his fate.
They were in for questioning Tuesday, and although Rivera didn't know them, Judge Dennis Murphy was concerned they knew him.
Questions like "did you any of this case on tv, radio, internet? And would you be able to decide this case fairly?" were asked.
Rivera faces first degree murder charges in the November 2007 shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Police say Rivera, along with four others, all from Lee County, drove to Taylor's Miami area home, intending to burglarize him.
Police say they did not expect the football player to be home.
But Taylor was, and confronted four of the men with a machete.
Police say that's when Rivera fired two shots, which hit Taylor in the leg. He bled to death.
Rivera faces life in prison for his actions, not the death penalty because he was only 17 at the time.
As jurors were let out, the judge had a strict warning for them. Stay off of social media. He said "everything you need to know about this case will be heard in the courtroom."
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