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Judge delays hearing for Taylor murder suspect

MIAMI -- A judge has delayed a decision on whether a suspect in the slaying of Washington Redskins star defensive back Sean Taylor can withdraw his guilty plea.

A hearing was set Friday in Miami on the request by 21-year-old Venjah Hunte. But after a private conference with attorneys, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy postponed the issue for another week.

Hunte's plea deal calls for a 29-year prison sentence. He could get life if he goes to trial with four co-defendants.

The 24-year-old Taylor died after being shot in an attempted robbery at his home in November 2007. He was an All-Pro safety with the Redskins who starred in college at the University of Miami.

All five suspects are from the Fort Myers area. Their trial is set for Jan. 18.

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