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Jury seated in Tampa baby throwing case

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A jury has been seated in the murder case of Richard McTear on Friday afternoon.  A jury of 10 women and six men were selected with four alternate jurors being picked.

Opening statements will begin on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.

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.

Bedwell is expected to be one of the first witnesses to testify in the case.

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."

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 three weeks.

 

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