Justin Ross Harris

Judge allowing key evidence in hot SUV death case


In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, weeps as he sits at his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, in Marietta, Ga. On Thursday,, Sept. 4, 2014, a Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool, File)

In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, weeps as he sits at his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, in Marietta, Ga. On Thursday,, Sept. 4, 2014, a Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool, File)

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge is allowing prosecutors to use key evidence collected by police in the case of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1KKERPy ) Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley ruled the state can use evidence from Harris’ phone and computer. Attorneys for Justin Ross Harris wanted the judge to bar the evidence from trial. They say police went on a “fishing expedition” using overly broad warrants.

Police say Harris left 22-month-old Cooper in an SUV on a hot day in June 2014. Harris faces multiple charges, including murder, and has been held without bond since the day his son died. Harris’ attorneys have called the death a tragic accident.

The trial is scheduled for April.

Source: AP

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