TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA.com) - Cops call him a baby killer. Prosecutors want the death penalty for him. And, caught in the middle is a baby boy who was thrown from a moving car onto I-275 nearly five years ago.
People are watching, waiting and wondering. They want to know what will happen in one of the most high profile murder cases in Tampa Bay history.
Say the name Richard McTear, Jr., and you’re likely to get a number of reactions. Now, add a 3-month-old baby boy who detectives tell us was tossed from a car window by McTear, and picking a jury is close to impossible, according to experts.
Not only are emotions running high, but everyone has heard about the case. In fact, during the jury selection process in the McTear case, some potential jurors have said they couldn’t give him a fair trial. Others said they could.
Jury selection began on Monday when 200 people filed into the courtroom at the Hillsborough County courthouse. 35 were sent home after discussing with attorneys pre-trial publicity.
On Tuesday, more members of the jury pool returned in the McTear case. When asked about hardships, 60 told the judge they could stay for the estimated four-week trial. They were sent home to return for more questioning tomorrow.
So, how hard is it to pick a jury for a case like this?
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