Wednesday, July 23, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A jury has been selected and a trial underway for a man accused of killing a 3-month-old baby by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle.
Richard McTear is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emanuel Wesley Murray, the son of Jasmine Bedwell, McTear's ex-girlfriend.
Attorneys delivered opening statements Tuesday in Tampa.
This is McTear's second trial on this charge. The first, in 2013, ended abruptly days after it began when Bedwell testified about threats McTear allegedly made toward her infant son. The alleged threats were related to earlier charges and were not supposed to be discussed at trial. Bedwell's unexpected comments led the judge to declare a mistrial.