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Jury selection continues in murder trial of man accused of tossing baby onto Interstate 275

TAMPA — Jury selection continued 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.

On Tuesday morning, Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente said the selection process would likely stretch at least into Wednesday, as potential jurors were queried on scheduling conflicts and their views on the death penalty, among other issues.

According to prosecutors, McTear got in a fight with his girlfriend, Jasmine Bedwell, threw her 3-month-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?" Fuente asked.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the baby Richard McTear is accused if killing was 3 months old. An earlier version reported an incorrect age.

Jury selection continues in murder trial of man accused of tossing baby onto Interstate 275 08/13/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:21pm]
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