Updated- After a day of emotional testimony from McTear’s mother, the jury recommended life in prison for McTear on Tuesday, WFLA-TV reports. It will be up to Judge William Fuentes to sentence McTear to life or death. State prosecutors pushed for the death sentence.
A Hillsborough County jury found Richard McTear,Jr. guilty on all charges last Thursday afternoon in Tampa. McTear was accused of beating his ex-girl friend, Jasmine Bedwell, kidnapping her baby son and throwing the baby boy onto the shoulder of Interstate 275 on May 5, 2009. The infant died instantly, according to prosecutors. The sentencing phase of McTear’s trial begins. The jury could recommend McTear to death or life in prison. McTear’s first murder trial was declared a mistrial.