Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Break In The Case of Sean Taylor; Four Arrested

This week has been one of saddest, and perhaps most sordid ever for sports fans in the Washington region due to the gruesome murder of Sean Taylor; however, it looks like there has been a huge break in the case.

From the Washington Times: Four young men, including three teenagers, were arrested late yesterday in the fatal shooting this week of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, police said.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Robert Parker confirmed last night that the four had been taken into custody, adding that homicide detectives who tracked the men to their homes in Fort Myers, Fla. — about 160 miles from Taylor's home in Palmetto, Fla. — obtained at least one confession. He did not elaborate.

Mr. Parker said information obtained by the detectives, assisted by agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, showed that the men broke into the Pro Bowl player's home but were not aware that he, his fiancee and their 18-month-old daughter were in the house.

"They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone," Mr. Parker said. "They were expecting a residence that was not occupied, so murder or shooting someone was not their initial motive. Their obvious motive was to go there and steal the contents of the house."

Those arrested were identified as Jason Scott Mitchell, 19, Eric Rivera Jr., 17, Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18, and Venjah K. Hunte, 20. They are expected to be formally charged with felony murder and burglary, police said. They were booked into the Lee County Jail in Fort Myers, but are expected to be returned to Miami.

"The key to solving this case was citizen's tips," said Mr. Parker, adding that additional arrests in the case were possible.

We'll see if these men are the ones involved, and the legal system will take it's time with this case and run it's course.

Perhaps justice be can served to his family, and for the child he left behind. It's good, if there's a silver lining from this that the alleged people involved were found quickly.

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