Sean Taylor murder trials to begin this August

Taylor died in November of 2007 during a robbery at his Florida home. Photo: Associated Press

Nearly six years after he was shot to death inside his Florida home, the trial for four men charged in the murder of Washington Redskins standout Sean Taylor will begin this August.

Officials say a final hearing cleared the way for the trials of Timothy Lee Brown, Jason Scott Mitchell, Eric Rivera and Charles K. Wardlow to begin later this summer. They all face charges of first-degree murder and armed burglary.

Taylor died Nov. 27, 2007, a day after a home invasion at his Palmetto Bay, Fla. house. He was shot in the leg by armed intruders and underwent emergency surgery to repair a damaged femoral artery, but later passed away.

Three days later, four suspects, including three of the four set to go on trial, were arrested in connection to the crime. Brown was arrested about a year later. The fifth suspect, Venjah Hunte, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009 and was sentenced to 29 years in prison. He'll likely testify against the four other co-conspirators.

Brown, Mitchell, Rivera and Wardlow all face life in prison if convicted. At the time of the shooting, both Rivera and Brown were minors.

Taylor was drafted 5th overall by the Redskins in 2004 and quickly became a stalwart member of the team's defense. He qualified for the Pro Bowl in 2006 and recorded 299 tackles, 12 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles in his short career.

He was posthumously elected to the Pro Bowl again in 2007, was named to the 2007 NFL All-Pro team and is a member of the Washington Redskins Ring of Honor.