Guilty, or innocent? After weeks in court, that's what the jury in the Richard McTear murder trial will soon decide.
Closing arguments began Wednesday morning, and wrapped up around noon.
Circuit Judge William Fuente then dismissed the jury for the day, telling them to return to court Thursday morning to receive instructions, and finally begin the deliberation process.
McTear is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's 3-month-old baby, Emmaunel Murray, after throwing him out of a moving car onto I-275.
During the prosecution's closing arguments, they told jurors the evidence presented in the case proves beyond a reasonable doubt that McTear is guilty.
They said the baby's blood was found, not only on McTear's shorts when he was arrested, but also inside the vehicle. Police believe McTear was driving the night the baby died.
As for the defense, they questioned whether or not the baby's mother, Jasmine Bedwell, could be trusted. They said she her testimony of what happened the night her baby was killed differed from what she originally said on the stand.
The first trial took place in 2013, but was declared a mistrial after Bedwell discussed details unrelated to the case in court.
The defense also countered the prosecution’s claims, and said there is no direct evidence linking McTear to the baby's death.
After the prosecution's rebuttal, the judge announced he made arrangements to instruct them Thursday morning, so as to allow for an entire day of deliberations. If they do not reach a verdict, Judge Fuente said they will be sequestered.
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