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More bombshell game-changers in Richard McTear trial Friday left some wondering - Is the baby’s mother trying to sabotage the case?

It was a week full of surprises. The first one came on Wednesday. It was a moment no one really expected, least of all prosecutors.

Richard McTear is accused of throwing a baby boy onto I-275 five years ago. His ex-girlfriend, Jasmine Bedwell, is considered the star witness for the prosecution in the case.

Earlier this week, a bombshell happened in court. In a stunning twist in the case, Bedwell admitted she dropped the baby, Emmanuel Murray, on the sidewalk twice during a tug-of-war fight with McTear. She sobbed on the stand during cross-examination.

Defense attorney, Michael Peacock, grilled Bedwell.

"You were holding onto the baby and pushing and pulling, and he was pulling at the baby? And the baby ended up falling to the ground? Is that how that happened?" Peacock asked.

"Yes," she answered and collapsed into tears in her hands.

While it was considered a blow and a game-changer to the state, it certainly bolstered the defense's case.

Then, Friday afternoon, came another game-changer: the Medical Examiner, Laura Hair, admitted during cross-examination that the baby's skull fractures could have been caused by a fall to a cement sidewalk.

Hair was asked, "These abrasions could be caused by a hard, concrete surface like a sidewalk?" She answered, "Yes."

Defense attorneys followed up by saying, "There are two possible scenarios here, and you couldn't opine where the child died?" She answered, "That’s correct."

With these two stunning moments in court, how will this affect the outcome of the case? 8 OnYour Side did some investigating. We wanted to know – is it possible that the baby’s mother, Jasmine Bedwell, is trying to sabotage the trial in some way?

McTear's case ended in a mistrial last year when Bedwell made controversial comments about his past during testimony. Judge William Fuente called for a mistrial immediately.

So, is it possible it could be happening again?

We reached out to longtime defense attorney, Bryant Camareno. "If she's done it before in the past, anything is possible. She may be trying to do that now," he said.

We asked him if she's doing this to keep him off of death row. He answered, "That could be the other option as well. If that's the case, she could hold him responsible for the crime, without him being executed. That's also a possibility."

Jurors also heard graphic testimony about baby Emmanuel’s injuries and the fact that he was discovered at the crime scene covered in ants.

A police officer brushed off the insects off the body. Jurors also saw graphic autopsy photos and were not only paying careful attention, but also taking notes. The media was warned not to show them. McTear looked down as the photos were shown.

Jurors also watched the video of McTear’s arrest. It was the first time they saw it. It showed him using the line, "It’s a dirty game."

Some smirked, while others took notes. The defense did not want the video shown, while the state argued that it showed his attitude during his arrest.

The defense maintains that the line is from a rap song and references getting a raw deal or arresting the wrong guy, not murdering someone.

McTear also used the line, "15 for life," which the defense says refers to a neighborhood in Tampa on 15th Street where residents say it’s a part of their community, as in living on 15th Street for life.

The trial resumes Monday.

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