MIAMI, Fla. - The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of a Lee County man accused of gunning down NFL safety Sean Taylor. He was killed in Miami in 2007.
Eric Rivera, Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and burglarly, and could face life in prison if convicted.
The medical examiner who performed Taylor's autopsy wrapped up his testimony this morning. The prosecution could, however, still call rebuttal witnesses after Rivera's lawyers present their case.
Prosecutors have been trying to prove that Rivera and four other men devised a plan to steal cash from Taylor's house. Investigators used cell phone and toll records to track their trip from Fort Myers to Palmetto Bay and back. The group thought Taylor was gone for the night, but police say they were surprised to find him inside after they broke in.
Last week, prosecutors played a video taped confession, in which Rivera admits to police that he shot Taylor, and firing off another shot as the group got away. That video was filmed in Fort Myers just days after the alleged crime. The defense argues rivera was pressured by Miami police to give the confession.
The Miami-Herald reports closing arguments will likely start Wednesday, and jurors are expected to begin deliberations by the week's end.