Richard Anthony McTear, Jr.’s time on earth may be cut short if Florida prosecutors have their way. They are seeking the death penalty for McTear who threw a bay infant out of a car onto Interstate 275 on May 5th.
Arrested in May after a confrontation at his former girlfriend’s apartment, the 21-year old Florida man had been formally charged with first-degree murder. Authorities allege the Florida man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s infant son, Emmanuel Wesley Murray, throwing the child from a moving vehicle. The body of the child was found around 4 a.m. on Tuesday on the side of I-275 in Tampa. Jason Bird, a photographer for a local television station, mistook the infant for a doll but remembered that it “was too big to be a doll.”
A preliminary autopsy on the child determined that blunt force was the infant’s cause of death. The mother of the child, 17-year old Jasmine Bedwell, described McTear as being an abusive person, having struck her several times. One instance had him threatening to “kill the both of y’all.” On the night of the incident, McTear and Bedwell engaged in a pitched fight, with McTear throwing her baby from a car seat on the concrete floor of the teenager’s apartment. The events that followed saw the 21-year old murderer take the nearly newborn baby, who was not his child, driving off in his blue Chevrolet Impala before throwing baby Emmanuel out of the car onto the interstate.
When asked by reporters why he threw the child out of the car window, the man who is also facing burglary with battery, felony battery, aggravated child abuse and kidnapping charges answered, “It’s a dirty game. A dirty game.”
It’s a dirty game huh? Don’t drop the soap bruh…
After hearing that McTear would be receiving the death penalty if convicted, the child’s grandmother, Lillie Bedwell said, “He deserves worse than that. But if that’s what he’s going to get, then that’s a good thing. The baby was 100 percent innocent.”