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Jury selection starts in Tampa baby-throwing case

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Jury selection is set to start Monday morning for a murder case that outraged Tampa Bay. 

Richard McTear is accused of throwing his ex-girlfriend's baby boy out of a car window as he drove down Interstate 275. The State is seeking the death penalty for McTear, who was 21 at the time of his arrest.

A local TV news photographer found 3-month-old Emanuel Murray on I-275 in the morning of May 5, 2009.  Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies and paramedics rushed to the scene to try to resuscitate him, but later pronounce the baby dead right there on the road.

Deputies arrested McTear later that day.

"It's a dirty game," McTear said when reporters asked him if threw the baby out of the window.

Investigators said McTear went to Jasmine Bedwell's apartment that May morning and threatened to kill both her and her son. They said he punched and choked Bedwell, then threw Emanuel across the room. McTear then took off with the baby and headed south on I-275, according to investigators.

News Channel 8 obtained court documents this summer which reveal a potential bombshell.  Bedwell allegedly told her case worker, "My baby died.  My baby died.  My uncle beat me up and killed my baby."

200 potential jurors have been called in this case. 

Several potential jurors told judge William Fuente today they can not forget what they've already heard about the case and they already believe McTear is guilty.

Fuente asked one juror, "Have you personally formed any opinion as to the guilt, or not guilt or innocence of the defendant Mr. McTear?"

The potential juror responded, "I'm going to say guilty."

Several potential jurors were excused after offering the same opinion.

The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

McTear pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child abuse, and kidnapping.  He could face the death penalty if found guilty.

His murder trial is scheduled to last 3 weeks.

Follow us for updates from the courthouse on Twitter @WFLA

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