TAMPA — Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of Richard McTear, the Tampa man accused of hurling a 3-month-old baby from a car on Interstate 275.
McTear, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his then-girlfriend's infant son, Emanuel Murray. Authorities say McTear attacked his ex-girlfriend and her son, driving off with the boy and throwing him out the window on the freeway.
If convicted, McTear could face the death penalty. Jury selection in the case lasted five days, in part because of the extra scrutiny applied to potential jurors in capital cases.