Appeals court allows closed hearing in Taylor case
A Florida appeals court has ruled against several media
companies seeking to open a key pretrial hearing in the slaying of
former Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.
The appeals judges sided with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis
Murphy, who closed Friday’s hearing to avoid undue publicity that
might influence potential jurors. The hearing involved whether
statements made by suspects in Taylor’s November 2007 killing can
be used a trial.
Taylor was shot during a burglary attempt at his Miami-area
home. Four Fort Myers-area men are charged in the slaying, while a
fifth has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against the
others. A trial date has not yet been set.
Taylor was a star safety at the University of Miami and later
with the NFL’s Redskins.