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Opening statements in Tampa baby-throwing case

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Opening statements are set to be delivered in the murder trial of a Tampa man accused of throwing his ex-girlfriend's 3-month-old son out of a moving car.

Prosecutors are expected to tell jurors Monday that Richard McTear murdered Emmanuel Murray three years ago when he threw the boy onto Interstate 275.

Related story: 08/16/2013 Jury seated in Tampa baby throwing case

Investigators said McTear forced his way into Jasmine Bedwell's apartment on May 5, 2009, and beat her. He threw a baby carrier against a wall with the child in it, causing him to fall to a concrete floor.

Related story: 08/12/2013 Jury selection starts in Tampa baby-throwing case

Detectives say McTear then drove off with the baby, got on the interstate and threw the infant out.

 

McTear could get the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

 

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