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MIAMI -- Police have detained at least three people in the Fort Myers area for questioning in the death of Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor.

A law enforcement official in Lee County confirmed the men from the Fort Myers area were in custody, but requested anonymity because the investigation is being handled by Miami-Dade County police.

Miami-Dade police Detective Carlos Maura said he was not aware of anyone in custody. He said only that detectives were in the Fort Myers area for a case, but declined to say which one.

The Miami Herald, which first reported the development on its Web site, said investigators believe three suspects learned of Taylor's house through someone who unwittingly set up the burglary by bragging about his wealth. The suspects include two teenagers and a man in his 20s, all from the Fort Myers area, the paper reported.

A telephone message left at the Florida City Police Department for Taylor's father, Chief Pedro Taylor, was not immediately returned.

Richard Sharpstein, a former Taylor lawyer and family friend, said: "It looks like the police are pursuing extremely good leads. It appears that the burglary was exactly as I've always stated, not random, that Sean's house was targeted."

Evidence at Taylor's home indicated one or more intruders barged into the house early Monday in an attempted burglary, Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker said Wednesday. After a confrontation inside the home, Taylor was shot once in the upper leg and died early Tuesday after losing a tremendous amount of blood.

Taylor's family has scheduled a funeral service for 11 a.m. Monday at Pharmed Arena at Florida International University in Miami.

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Four people arrested in murder of sean taylor.

ESPN showing News conference.

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they are going to be charged with murder."

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"Pretty certain we have the gunman" "We think we have a solid case."

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Arrests followed getting some tips.

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Four people arrested in murder of sean taylor.

ESPN showing News conference.

"

they are going to be charged with murder."

"

"Pretty certain we have the gunman" "We think we have a solid case."

"

Arrests followed getting some tips.

Yep was a robbery and they think one of the killers had been there before for a party.

Not that it matters but they didn't go there with the intent to kill Taylor and expected to find a vacant house.

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This is ridiculous. No intent to kill? My ass. If you shoot a gun at another human being, no matter what you want to say, that is intent to injure / kill. Three of them should spend significant time in jail and the gunman should be killed himself.

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Four people arrested in murder of sean taylor.

ESPN showing News conference.

"

they are going to be charged with murder."

"

"Pretty certain we have the gunman" "We think we have a solid case."

"

Arrests followed getting some tips.

Wow that certainly didn't take long.

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They are kids. They have multiple confessions already.

I'm thinking that one, or more, of them ran off their mouths thus ending it for them. Good, everything else should go quite quickly now. I'm still amazed that if they broke in the week before and left a calling card (kitchen knife) , WTF was Taylor thinking? How about getting reinforced doors, a security detail , alarm system move to a hotel ...ANYTHING !!!!

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Who is feeding this "they didn't intend on killing anyone" bull**** to the media?

If you go to someone's house with a gun...you have every intentions of using it.

I'm sure these 4 knuckleheads didn't stumble upon the weapon on their bike ride over.

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Who is feeding this "they didn't intend on killing anyone" bull**** to the media?

If you go to someone's house with a gun...you have every intentions of using it.

I'm sure these 4 knuckleheads didn't stumble upon the weapon on their bike ride over.

I think what the police are saying is that they went to the house with the original intent of burglarizing it- not to take out Sean, and the P.D. is trying to clarify that because of the crappy theories floating around that his "past came back to bite him in the ass".

Of course, if they murdered him in the course of breaking and entering to commit burglary, they will be guilty of murder.

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I hope they all go to jail for life.

The death penalty isnt out of the question.

see florida statute 782.04 and 775.082.

and also Blanco v. State, 706 So.2d 7 (Fla. 1997) cert. denied 119 S. Ct. 96 (1998). (affirming death sentence for conviction on felony murder, involving armed burglary as aggravator)

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Police: We have confessions in Sean Taylor slaying

ONE OF THE MEN ARRESTED FRIDAY ATTENDED A PARTY AT NFL STAR TAYLOR'S HOUSE, SUSPECT'S RELATIVES SAY

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BY LARRY LEBOWITZ, R.C. WHITE, MANNY GARCIA AND DAVID OVALLE

FORT MYERS -- Police say four suspected burglars from across Alligator Alley were responsible for the slaying of NFL star Sean Taylor -- and relatives of one suspect said he had attended a birthday party held at the football player's home.

Miami-Dade police announced Friday night that the men face charges in the death of the Washington Redskins football star following a weeklong manhunt that drew the scrutiny of national media.

''We have confessions, but I'm not going to talk about the details of the confessions at this point,'' Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker said at a news conference in Doral.

The family of suspect Jason Mitchell, 19, told The Miami Herald that he had attended a party for Taylor's half-sister, Sasha Johnson, at Taylor's Palmetto Bay home. Investigators believe Taylor's relatives may have bragged about his wealth.

Police also arrested Charles Wardlow, 18, a cousin of Johnson's boyfriend. Also cuffed were Eric Rivera, 17, and Venjah Hunte, 20. All face murder charges.

Investigators late Friday were still trying to figure out who shot Taylor.

As is common in such cases, the four gave detectives conflicting statements and blamed one another.

Under Florida law, anyone who commits a felony that leads to a death can be charged with murder.

Parker stressed that the men did not expect Taylor to be home. Police say the burglars escaped into a waiting car.

''They were not targeting the individual. . . . They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone,'' Parker said.

MORE ARRESTS?

Miami-Dade homicide detectives and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents rounded up the four early Friday. They were questioned at FDLE's Fort Myers headquarters.

There may be more suspects, Parker said.

Friday's news conference capped an emotional week that began Monday morning when Taylor, a South Miami-Dade native and former University of Miami star, was shot in the groin in his bedroom. Taylor had heard noises and grabbed a machete as he tried to protect his fianc

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