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Sean Taylor case granted closed hearing

Updated: May 20, 2011, 1:18 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court has ruled against several media companies seeking to open a key pretrial hearing in the slaying of former Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.

The appeals judges sided with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy, who closed Friday's hearing to avoid undue publicity that might influence potential jurors. The hearing involved whether statements made by suspects in Taylor's November 2007 killing can be used a trial.

Taylor was shot during a burglary ...

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