McTear found guilty of first-degree murder

Tampa, Florida -- Five years years ago, Richard McTear threw a 3-month-old boy out of his car and onto a busy interstate.

Now a jury has found him guilty of first degree murder, along with a slew of other counts including aggravated child abuse and kidnapping. And the mother of the child killed had no comment, but a friend of hers said, "There's justice and it's over."

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At 10 a.m. Thursday, the jurors headed out of the courtroom to deliberate his fate.

From the moment they left, the courtroom sat empty until 3:30 p.m. when the judge came back in saying the jury believes it is only a couple hours away from reaching a verdict.

Around 5:30 p.m. jurors returned and sided with prosecutors on all of the charges against McTear. The 26-year-old stood stone-faced listening to the verdict.

McTear also was found guilty of burglary, aggravated child abuse, battery and kidnapping.

Tears flowed from the mother of little Emmanuel Murray. It's what she's been waiting five years to hear.

Jasmine Bedwell hugged supporters as she left the courtroom. No doubt, she's emotionally spent as the state's key witness to the violence that unfolded back on May 5, 2009.

Police say McTear threw Emmanuel Murray out of his car onto Interstate 275 killing him.

McTear was not the baby's father. The boy's mother, Jasmine Bedwell, testified last week telling jurors during the early morning hours of May 5, McTear came to her apartment and beat her up and attacked her baby.

McTear then left with Emmanuel and when Bedwell called police about the kidnapping it would be shortly after that she was told Emmanuel had been killed.

The defense has tried to prove flaws in Bedwell's statements from the past five years, showing the jury that there is no real evidence showing McTear is guilty.

Bedwell's supporters say there's finally some justice for Emmanuel. Bedwell told 10 News over the phone Thursday night that she doesn't want to comment on the case, until her baby's killer is sentenced.

Her friends are reacting for her. "I'm happy. We made it. There's justice and it's over," Bedwell's friend said.

But the case isn't quite over. Bedwell tells 10 News that she will testify at the penalty hearing. On Friday, a judge plans to set a date for the hearing. It's tentatively scheduled for Monday.

Jurors could recommend death for McTear, ending his life for taking Emmanuel's.

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