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Brener Seeks Separate Trial In Sean Taylor Murder Case by Pat Gillespie -

Redskins star died of wound to groin. Autopsy found bullet hit the right femoral artery.

An autopsy of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor revealed the injury that killed him was a bullet wound to the right groin and the right femoral artery, possibly a 9 mm gun. The autopsy documents were released Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, and confirmed earlier reports from Miami-Dade police. Miami-Dade Associate Medical Examiner Satish Chundru examined Taylor’s body at 9 a.m. Nov. 27. Taylor died at 3:35 a.m. Nov. 27, the day after he was shot. His gunshot wound traveled right to left, downward from the front of his body, according to the documents. Chundru also noted a superficial cut to the right biceps. Taylor was rushed to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital after he was shot at his home in Palmetto Bay. According to police, Eric Rivera, 17, Venjah Hunte, 20, and Charles Wardlow, 18, all of Fort Myers; and Jason Mitchell, 19, of Lehigh Acres, went to Taylor’s house to rob it. But, they didn’t know the NFL safety would be home. According to a grand jury indictment, Rivera shot Taylor, and the four fled.

All four are charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary. According to the grand jury indictment, Rivera and Mitchell were in Taylor’s house the morning he was shot, with Rivera wielding and firing the gun and Mitchell wearing a mask. The alleged roles of Wardlow and Hunte are unclear. The four are scheduled for trial April 7. Charles Wardlow’s attorney, David Brener, has filed a motion to sever his trial from the others. Attorneys in the case are bound by a gag order ordered by Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy. Murphy still hasn’t decided what evidence in the case will become public.