Man in hot car death case wants hearings closed to media
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge is set to hear arguments on whether the news media should be barred 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 will begin Monday.
Before taking up other motions, the judge will hear arguments on a request from Harris’ lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.
The Associated Press and several other media organizations have filed a motion opposing that request.
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.
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