Friday, April 27, 2018
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Jury being picked for man accused of tossing baby on I-275

TAMPA — Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the murder trial of Richard McTear, 25, accused of throwing his girlfriend's baby out the window of a car on Interstate 275 in 2009.

Selection started Monday morning and lasted until 6:20 p.m. as lawyers asked potential jurors about their media consumption and what they already knew about the case.

According to prosecutors, McTear got in a fight with his girlfriend, Jasmine Bedwell, threw her 3-year old son on concrete, then took off with the baby in his car. They say he then threw the baby out the window of the car on I-275 near Fowler Avenue.

"It's a dirty game," McTear said when he was arrested.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Lawyers started Monday with a pool of 200 jurors, but split the group right away into people who had heard about the case and those who had not.

Those who had read or heard about it were asked if they would be able to make a decision regardless of media reports.

"That news business isn't evidence, you understand that?" Judge William Fuente asked.

Jury selection will begin again at 8 a.m. Tuesday and could last a few more days. Possible jurors will be quizzed on hardships that could make them ineligible for jury duty, and their thoughts on the death penalty.

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