Justin Ross Harris Biography – Justin Ross Harris Wiki
Justin Ross Harris, a Georgia man serving a life sentence for killing his toddler son, Cooper, started a new hearing Monday morning, where his lawyer are arguing for a new trial. The hearing is scheduled to last until at least Wednesday.
“This is an opportunity for lawyers to provide evidence,” Marietta criminal defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant said, according to the AJC. “Whatever happens, it will be contested.”
Cobb County Supreme Court Judge Mary Staley Clark will hear Justin Ross Harris’ hearing for a few days from December 14-16.
Working as a web designer at the Vinings Home Depot headquarters, Harris got a job by leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper in a fiery SUV in his head office parking lot on June 18, 2014.
That afternoon, Harris pulled his SUV to the Akers Mill Square mall on Cobb Parkway and started screaming as he pulled Cooper out of the car.
According to witnesses, Harris attempted CPR to the toddler, although it was clear that Cooper was dead. An eyewitness also tried CPR, but later stated that he could tell Cooper was dead.
“Justin witnessed him scream” Oh my god, what have I done? “,” It read. Later he started doing CPR to the boy. EMS responded to the scene. It was obvious that the boy had passed away. ”
According to Harris, he forgot to leave his son in daycare and did not realize that the boy was still in the car until he was away from work around 4:15 pm. Harris insisted it was a terrible accident, but prosecutors proved otherwise during his 2016 trial.
Experts stated that the boy most likely died at noon, given that the temperature inside the car reached 98 degrees. Prosecutors said there was a strong “death” smell inside the car, and it was impossible for Harris to not notice it immediately. Yet he passed seven traffic lights before pulling his car into the mall.
However, other experts argued that the death scent will take much longer to appear.
Harris also returned to the SUV after lunch break and dropped a bag of light bulbs in the front passenger seat. He claimed that Cooper didn’t realize he was there.
Prosecutors said Harris wanted to break out of responsibility and planned ahead of time how to kill his son.
During the trial, the jury carefully listened to the statements of eight women who had contact with Harris. Some had sex with Harris, who was married at the time, while others stated that they or they shared sexually explicit texts and nude photos.
In 2016, a jury convicted Harris for malicious murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Harris pushes for a new trial on the grounds that “biased testimony” makes a fair trial “an absolute impossibility”. Harris’s defense team argued that the incidents and the display of evidence of sexual addiction distorted the jury’s view of Harris and had nothing to do with Cooper’s death.
The defense team also argued that the court prevented them from questioning the credibility of police officers who had testified during their trial, as well as questioning “cross-examination restrictions, inappropriate evidence admissions and exploration violations.”
If Clark decides against the motion for a new hearing in December, Harris has the legal right to appeal the decision with the Supreme Court of Georgia.
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