Justin Ross Harris

Judge in hot car death case allows news media in hearings


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 won’t bar the news media from the courtroom during pretrial hearings for a Georgia man accused of killing his son by leaving him in a vehicle on a hot day.

A hearing on pretrial motions in the case of Justin Ross Harris began Monday. Most of the morning was spent on a request from Harris’ lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.

Lawyers for The Associated Press and several other media organizations argued against that request.

The judge sided with the media organizations.

Harris faces charges, including murder, after police say he left his 22-month-old son in his SUV in June 2014.

Attorneys for Harris have said the child’s death was a tragic accident.

KATE BRUMBACK

Source: AP

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