Update: Family friend Richard Sharpstein said at least one of the suspects was at Taylor's house when his sister recently had a party, but that Taylor did not know the men. ...Fox News
Four Arrested in Killing of Redskins’ Taylor
The police spokeswoman Linda O’Brien identified the men as Venjah K. Hunter 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 17; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18.
O’Brien said at least one of the men had confessed to the killing.
Although the exact charges for each individual have not yet been determined, the men faced charges of burglary and murder, O’Brien said.
“We do have confessions, but we’re not in a situation to discuss those at this time,” O’Brien said last night.
The four men have been booked into the Lee County Jail, 160 miles northwest of Miami, and will eventually be transferred to Miami, she said.
Taylor, the 24-year-old Pro Bowl player, was shot in his home in suburban Miami early Monday morning and died Tuesday after what appeared to be an attempted burglary. He had been at home, not with the Redskins, because he had been dealing with a knee injury.
The Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker said the suspects were not expecting Taylor to be home when they broke in and ended up shooting Taylor in the leg, hitting a main artery.
“They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone,” Parker said.
Although law enforcement officials have previously said they believed the break-in was a random crime, they are now looking into whether any of the suspects had been to the house before
, Parker said.
Taylor’s father, Pedro, a police chief in Florida City, did not return a telephone call yesterday seeking comment. At a news conference yesterday before the arrests, Taylor said that he knew three individuals had been detained, but said that the police did not want him to comment further.
“They won’t go into details because they don’t want to compromise the case,” Taylor said