Justin Ross Harris

Judge weighs whether to move hot SUV death trial


MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot SUV to die (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

The judge in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot SUV to die is considering arguments from attorneys on both sides about whether the trial should be moved.

Attorneys for Justin Ross Harris asked the judge to move the trial, arguing Monday that pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool. Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Prosecutor Chuck Boring argued that the fact that the defense has agreed that 36 of the jurors questioned are qualified to be in the jury pool shows that an impartial jury can be found in the metro Atlanta county where the child died.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said she hopes to announce a decision after a lunch break.

Harris is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

11:05 a.m.

A prosecutor in the case of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die argues that three weeks of jury selection have shown an impartial jury can be found.

Defense attorneys for Justin Ross Harris have asked the judge to move the trial, arguing that pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool. Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Prosecutor Chuck Boring argued that the fact that the defense has agreed that 36 of the jurors questioned are qualified to be in the jury pool shows that an impartial jury can be found in the metro Atlanta county where the child died.

Harris is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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10 a.m.

A defense attorney for a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die argues that extensive pretrial publicity has tainted the potential jury pool to the point that his client can’t receive a fair trial.

Justin Ross Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Defense attorney Bryan Lumpkin argued Monday that even though many potential jurors said they would like to be fair and impartial, they also said they were leaning toward thinking Harris is guilty.

The arguments came during a hearing on a defense motion to move the trial away from the metro Atlanta county where the child died.

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6:35 a.m

A judge is expected to consider whether to move the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Justin Ross Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Harris’ attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue Friday afternoon, about three weeks into jury selection. They want the trial moved from Cobb County.

The attorneys said they don’t believe an impartial jury can be found in the county just northwest of Atlanta. They said the questioning of potential jurors has shown that pretrial publicity has led many to believe Harris is guilty.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said she’ll hear arguments on the motion Monday morning.

Harris is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Source: AP

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