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2nd Trial in Infant’s Death Begins This Week

Richard McTear stands accused of throwing a 3-month-old boy out of a car window onto Interstate 275 near Fowler Avenue.

Richard McTear. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Richard McTear. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A brand new trail in the 2009 death of Emanuel Murray Jr., 3 months, begins this week as jury selection in the case gets under way Monday, July 14.

Richard McTear, 25, is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses related to the death of his girlfriend’s son. McTear’s original trial began about a year ago, but was quickly sidelined when the baby’s mother, Jasmine Bedwell, accused McTear in court of threatening to shoot the baby in the face and then urinate on him, Bay News 9 reported.

“He wanted to come over and I told him no,” Bedwell was quoted by The Tampa Tribune as saying. “He told me he was going to come over and shoot my baby in the face and piss on him and in his face, and he was going to kill both of us.”

Circuit Judge William Fuente had previously ruled those statements inadmissible because they related to other charges McTear had been acquitted on. In light of the comments, Fuente declared a mistrial.

Law enforcement officials who investigated the case contend McTear went to Bedwell’s home on May 5, 2009, beat her and then threw a baby carrier against a wall. Emanuel was in it and fell onto a concrete floor. McTear is then accused of taking off with the baby and throwing him onto I-275.

McTear has pleaded not guilty in the possible death penalty case.

ssm July 15, 2014 at 07:16 AM
What kind of a person does something like this? I can't even comprehend being the parents of this man. I hope the sentence comes quick for him and he doesn't linger long in our prison system.
Brian July 15, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Just hang him now
avi July 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Let him linger....lol...anybody know slim in Gulfport? Well you can go ask him what inmates do to animals like this one in general population in the fed pin...death is too good for him...a life time of suffering is better...maybe his new fellow inmates can wipe the animals cute smile off his face. He is not even fit to be called a human....or even an animal...dogs treat one another with more respect. Sickening.

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