After the shooting, the group jumped back into the SUV and as they drove across an interstate known as Alligator Alley, they wiped off the gun, stuffed it into a sock and threw it into the Everglades, the detective said Rivera told him.
Prosecutors planned to play the taped confession later Thursday. The validity of a detailed, videotaped confession is the central question for jurors to decide in the first-degree murder trial.
Assistant State Attorney Ray Araujo said Rivera voluntarily spoke with detectives without an attorney present about how he shot Taylor while he and four friends attempted to burglarize the football star’s Miami-area home.
Rivera drew diagrams of the rooms and where everyone was at the time, labeling himself as a stick figure that shot Taylor, the detective said. He also said he was wearing the Nike Shox when he kicked in the door and seemed amused when investigators showed him a footprint lifted from the door, Segovia testified.
Rivera’s attorney, Janese Caruthers, countered that Rivera was coerced into the confession by a team of investigators who had little evidence and was looking for someone to take the fall in a high-pressure case.
But Segovia said Rivera “was very open, very relaxed … he was eager to talk to us.”
Because Rivera was 17 at the time of the crime, his maximum possible sentence if convicted is life in prison rather than the death penalty.