Mistrial Declared In Tampa Baby Murder Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man accused of throwing an infant out of a car window on Interstate 275 in Tampa.

The mistrial came Tuesday, a day after attorneys for Richard A. McTear Jr. objected to testimony from the baby's mother that Circuit Judge William Fuente had previously barred. Jasmine Bedwell made the statements Monday as the trial got underway.

When asked by prosecutors about phone calls she'd received from McTear, Bedwell responded that he had threatened to kill her and the baby in May 2009.

Authorities say McTear flew into a rage when he saw Bedwell return home in May 2009 with another man. He forced his way into her home, took the baby and drove off. The infant was found alongside I-595.


Associated Press Release

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

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.

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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 220209381 - wctv.tv/a?a=220209381