Dad’s murder conviction overturned in hot car death of Georgia toddler


In this Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, Justin Ross Harris listens to jury selection during his trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool, File)

GEORGIA (WJBF) -The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a murder conviction in the case of Justin Ross Harris. Harris was sentenced to life without parole in prison for the 2014 hot car death of his son Cooper.

According to the Georgia Supreme Court website, some of the evidence submitted during Harris’ trial, showed him to be “a philanderer, a pervert, and a sexual predator.”

The court decided that the abundance of sexually explicit evidence has little to do with proving if Harris did intentionally leave Cooper in the hot car.

Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, died on June 18, 2014, when Harris left him inside his SUV outside his office for nearly seven hours.

Prosecutors argued that it was intentional. They said Harris was living a double life and wanted to escape his family life to be “the other Justin Ross Harris.”

During trial, they brought in multiple women who were sexting with Harris on the day of Cooper’s death, including a minor and a woman Harris claimed to love.

Prosecutors said Harris wanted to live that life full time, but wouldn’t leave his wife as long as his son was alive.

Timeline of Events in Harris’ Case:

2/16Mother of Georgia boy who died in hot car files for divorce

3/16Father Facing New Charges After Hot Car Death Accusations

5/16Judge Agrees to Move Trial for Dad in Toddler Hot SUV Death

11/16Justin Ross Harris found guilty of murder in son’s hot car death

12/16GA: Justin Ross Harris sentenced in son’s death in hot SUV

2/17GA dad didn’t mean to kill toddler in hot car says ex-wife

5/20Hearing set for Georgia man guilty in hot car death of son

The State of Georgia may elect to try Harris again.

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