Father’s trial to begin in hot car death of Georgia toddler

Justin Ross Harris during his bond hearing, July 3, 2014 in Cobb County Magistrate Court. (CBS Atlanta)


11 A.M. — A jury evenly split between men and women will hear the murder trial of a Georgia man charged after his toddler son died while left in a hot SUV.

The trial of Justin Ross Harris opened Monday with the seating of 16 jurors – eight men and eight women. Four will serve as alternate jurors, though the judge did not specify which ones.



BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — More than two years after a Georgia toddler died after being left for hours inside a hot SUV, the child’s father is scheduled to stand trial for murder.

The trial of Justin Ross Harris is expected to last several weeks in coastal Brunswick, where it was moved 275 miles outside of metro Atlanta because of pretrial publicity. Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper, died in June 2014.

The judge announces Monday plans to seat a final jury from a pool of 45 people deemed qualified earlier this month. Afterward, attorneys are expected to make opening statements.

Prosecutors have said Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, was unhappy in his marriage and seeking other relationships at the time his son died. Harris’ attorneys say the death was a tragic accident.

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