Murder trial opens for Florida man accused of throwing infant out of car

Richard McTear could get death penalty, if convicted

TAMPA, Fla. - Opening statements began 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 told jurors Monday that 25-year-old Richard McTear murdered Emmanuel Murray three years ago when he threw the boy onto Interstate 275.  The Tampa Bay Times reports ( ) that McTear's attorney said there wasn't sufficient evidence showing who might have inflicted the fatal injuries.

Investigators said McTear forced his way into Jasmine Bedwell's apartment in 2009 and beat her. He threw a baby carrier against a wall with the child in it, causing him to fall off.

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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