Defense calls for mistrial in McTear murder case - FOX 13 News

Defense calls for mistrial in McTear murder case

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The trial of Richard McTear, the man accused of killing a 3-month-old baby by throwing him out of a moving car, has wrapped up with a motion for a mistrial.

The judge did not rule on the motion; his ruling is expected when the trial resumes Tuesday morning.

Opening statements wrapped up Monday morning, with the prosecution painting McTear as a cold-blooded killer who was jealous over his ex-girlfriend's relationship with another man.

The defense told the jury, however, there was no physical evidence that McTear had anything to do with his baby's death.

He's accused of throwing Emanuel Murray out of a window on I-275. About 20 witnesses are expected to testify during the trial, which could take up to two weeks.

Monday afternoon, the baby's mother Jasmine Bedwell took the stand and said McTear had threatened to shoot the infant.

The defense then called for a mistrial, and the judge sent the jurors home.

McTear faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.


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