According to ESPN and other sources, the prosecutor has taken the death penalty off the table in the Sean Taylor case. Depending on who you believe, this was either because the shooter was 17 or because they couldn’t proove premediated murder. I’m more inclined to believe the latter given that many states seem to be killing kids under 18 these days.
Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty (and for the record, I oppose it), this seems fair enough to me. They went there to rob the place and were surprised. That just doesn’t strike me as a death penalty kind of case. They didn’t go on a killing spree. They could have walked in and killed Sean’s girlfriend and child to make sure there were no witnesses. they could have shot Sean five more times to make sure he was dead.
Instead, it seems like they were scared, fired, and got very unlucky that they hit a major artery.
Anyway, comments to the contrary are welcome, but it seems reasonable enough to me. Let’s hope these guys make a deal, and we can put this all behind us and start the Jim Zorn era off with a big win in prime time.