Florida Man Gets Life for Throwing Baby from Car

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News Release: Associated Press
August 5, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man convicted of killing a 3-month-old boy by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle has been sentenced to life in prison.

Following a jury's recommendation, a Hillsborough County judge sentenced 26-year-old Richard McTear on Tuesday. Jurors found him guilty last week of first-degree murder, kidnapping, battery and aggravated child abuse charges. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.

Authorities say McTear attacked ex-girlfriend Jasmine Bedwell in 2009 and then took off with her son, Emanuel Wesley Murray. He then threw the baby out of a car window on Interstate 275 in Tampa.

The child was found dead along the side of the highway.

Defense attorneys argued that McTear was innocent and questioned the mother's credibility.

A previous court proceeding against McTear ended in a mistrial.

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.

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