Tampa, Florida -- On Wednesday, the emotional testimony continued in the trial of a man accused of killing a 3-month-old baby by tossing the infant out of a moving vehicle.
In 2009, Richard McTear was charged with first degree murder after he allegedly threw Emanuel Murray out of his car and onto I-275.
Today, the key witness was Emanuel's mother, Jasmine Bedwell. It's been more than five years since Emanuel's death and Bedwell burst into tears multiple times as she recounted the abuse suffered by McTear.
Last year, the judge had to call a mistrial because Bedwell testified about threats McTear made against her son that were part of a previous trial. They were declared inadmissible because it was not meant to be part of the murder case.
This time, the prosecution made sure the same mistake didn't happen again.
Bedwell was in tears as she pointed to McTear and said he is the reason Emanuel is dead.
Background information: 2nd trial begins in case of infant thrown from car
Bedwell recounted the morning on May 5, that McTear forced his way into her apartment and began to hurt her. She said he was jealous that she was seeing another man.
Jasmine Bedwell testifies about the events the day Richard McTear is alleged to have taken her infant.
"Richard McTear went to the fridge, took out soda and opened it and then poured soda on my baby's face," says Bedwell.
She says McTear then threw his car seat across the living room. When she grabbed her son and tried to escape, McTear was faster.
"He grabbed my baby and threw him onto the concrete," says Bedwell.
That's when Bedwell says McTear left with her son. Bedwell called 911 in hopes she could get deputies to find her son, but by the time they did, it was to late. McTear allegedly drove off with Emanuel, got on to the Interstate 275 and threw the baby out.
"Deputies told me my son was killed," says Bedwell.
The defense spent some time as well questioning Bedwell, trying to prove to the jury that statements she made that night didn't match up.
If McTear is found guilty he faces life in prison.
The trial is expected to last 3 weeks.
Previous coverage of the Richard McTear case:
- Man accused of throwing baby from car arrested
- Watch: Angry judge yells at Richard McTear
- Mom of thrown infant: State didn't do enough
- "It's a dirty game" - What does it mean?
- 500 pages of info released in I-275 baby toss case
- Mom of baby thrown from car sues DCF, Sheriff's Office
- Richard McTear found not guilty in battery trial
- Trial opens for man accused of throwing baby from car