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The Justin Ross Harris murder case


SUV at Atlanta auto show could help prevent hot-car deaths

Chevrolet is showing off an SUV at the Atlanta International Auto Show with a feature that could save lives. The 2018 Equinox alerts drivers if they’ve left something in the back seat of the vehicle. If you open the back seat of the Equinox, close the door, drive and then turn off the engine, you’ll hear five chimes and get an alert on your dashboard screen reading: “Look...


Ross Harris launches appeal of murder conviction

Ross Harris launches appeal of murder conviction

Justin Ross Harris on Tuesday launched the appeal of his hot-car murder conviction, alleging that prejudicial testimony admitted by the court made it an “absolute impossibility” for him to receive a fair trial. The motion for a new trial, filed by Harris’ legal team, is the first step of what is likely to be a lengthy appellate process. The motion condemns court rulings made before...
Ross Harris gets haircut and new prison home

Ross Harris gets haircut and new prison home

Justin Ross Harris has been sent to a South Georgia prison to begin serving a life-without-parole sentence for the murder of his 22-month-old son. Harris, 36, is now being housed at Valdosta State Prison, according to the state Department of Corrections’ website. The prison, located in Lowndes County, has 10 general population units with 500 beds and six mental health units with 264 beds. The...
'Breakdown'  S02 Ep. 17: Post Script 

'Breakdown'  S02 Ep. 17: Post Script 

Justin Ross Harris was sentenced this month to spend the rest of his life in prison – no possibility of parole – for the hot-car murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.  Before she sent Harris to prison forever, though, the judge wanted to thank everyone connected to the case. Except for Harris. After all the thank yous and accolades, the judge turned to the orange-clad Harris and...
Ross Harris to serve life in prison without parole for murdering son

Ross Harris to serve life in prison without parole for murdering son

Unlike three weeks ago, when Justin Ross Harris was convicted of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son inside a hot car to die, there was little drama surrounding the former Home Depot web developer’s sentencing Monday. Following the prosecution’s recommendation, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark handed down the harshest possible punishment: Life in prison without...
Ross Harris trial: Photos from Dec. 5

Ross Harris trial: Photos from Dec. 5

Photos from the trial of Justin Ross Harris from Dec. 5, 2016, during his sentencing. Harris was convicted of murdering his son Cooper in Cobb County in 2014 in what became known as the "hot car death" case.
Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life in prison without parole

Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life in prison without parole

Justin Ross Harris, convicted three weeks ago of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son inside a hot car to die, was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. An additional 32 years — the maximum penalty allowed — was tagged on to the sentence by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark, following the recommendation of prosecutors. “The state&rsquo...
Stiff sentence awaits Ross Harris, but case may be far from over

Stiff sentence awaits Ross Harris, but case may be far from over

In a case filled with dramatic twists and unforeseen turns, today’s sentencing hearing for convicted killer Justin Ross Harris is expected to proceed without any big surprises. Harris, 36, is to be sentenced in Cobb County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. today. Found guilty of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper inside a hot car to die, Harris faces a maximum sentence of life in prison...
'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 16: We have a verdict 

'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 16: We have a verdict 

After four days of deliberations, the jury in Brunswick returns with a verdict in The State of Georgia v. Justin Ross Harris. Cobb County's district attorney says this is no time for a celebration. Harris's lawyers, in an emotional interview, say they are stunned by the outcome.
'Breakdown' Episode 16: We have a verdict

'Breakdown' Episode 16: We have a verdict

After four days of deliberations, the jury in Brunswick returns with a verdict in The State of Georgia v. Justin Ross Harris. Cobb County's district attorney says this is no time for a celebration. Harris's lawyers, in an emotional interview, say they are stunned by the outcome.
The defense team and Ross Harris: ‘Four grown men in prayer. In tears’

The defense team and Ross Harris: ‘Four grown men in prayer. In tears’

Stunned by a verdict none of them saw coming, the attorneys for Justin Ross Harris said Tuesday they found strength from a most unlikely source. Lead defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said the defense team sat with Harris for nearly an hour after the verdict was read, the four of them praying and sometimes weeping. Harris had just been convicted in the murder of his son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris,...
Justin Ross Harris ex issues defiant response to guilty verdict

Justin Ross Harris ex issues defiant response to guilty verdict

Justin Ross Harris’ ex-wife issued a blistering response to a Glynn County jury’s decision to convict the Marietta web developer of purposely killing their only child by leaving him in a hot car to die. “For those of you who want to know if I am ok. The answer is no,” said Leanna Taylor, who divorced Harris earlier this year. “I have not been ‘ok’ since the...
From the start of deliberations, Ross Harris jury had little doubt: Guilty

From the start of deliberations, Ross Harris jury had little doubt: Guilty

BRUNSWICK — The Justin Ross Harris saga concluded Monday much as it began, with little emotion from the man who killed his little boy by leaving him in a hot car to die. Harris’ reaction to the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, led police to tell prosecutors, “Something is not right about this case,” Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Monday. His reaction...
Why did the jury convict Justin Ross Harris on all counts?

Why did the jury convict Justin Ross Harris on all counts?

In his closing statement, the lead defense attorney for Ross Harris accused the state of basing its case on little more than “demeanor and dirt.” That turned out to be prophetic on Monday, when Harris was convicted on all eight counts in the death of his son, Cooper. Harris’s unusual behavior that night with police made investigators suspicious. Later revelations about Harris&rsquo...
Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 14

Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 14

Photos from the trial of Justin Ross Harris from Nov. 14, 2016. Harris is charged with murder in the "hot car death" case involving his son Cooper in Cobb County in 2014.
Ross Harris found guilty: 'He has malice in his heart absolutely'

Ross Harris found guilty: 'He has malice in his heart absolutely'

Justin Ross Harris intended to kill his 22-month-old son Cooper when he left him locked in the back of his SUV on a June day in 2014, a Glynn County jury concluded Monday. Harris was convicted on all eight counts, including three separate murder charges, after a long and sensational trial that was more than two years in the making. The defendant took the news with no noticeable emotion; it was a lack...
'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 15: The jury gets the case

'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 15: The jury gets the case

The prosecution and the defense give impassioned, powerful closing arguments, wrapping up the trial. Prosecutor Chuck Boring insists Ross Harris lived a double life and intentionally killed his little boy. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore contends Cooper’s death was a horrible accident and that police rushed to judgment without looking at evidence contrary to their theory. The six-man, six-woman...
'Breakdown' Episode 15: The jury gets the case

'Breakdown' Episode 15: The jury gets the case

The prosecution and the defense give impassioned, powerful closing arguments, wrapping up the trial. Prosecutor Chuck Boring insists Ross Harris lived a double life and intentionally killed his little boy. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore contends Cooper’s death was a horrible accident and that police rushed to judgment without looking at evidence contrary to their theory. The six-man, six-woman...
Ross Harris trial: 2 questions arise in jury deliberations

Ross Harris trial: 2 questions arise in jury deliberations

Jury deliberations resumed today in the Justin Ross Harris hot car murder trial, but the jury broke for lunch without posing any questions to the court. This is Day 4 of deliberations by the six-man, six-woman jury, whose decision could put Harris behind bars for the rest of his life. He is accused of murder for leaving his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in a hot SUV to die in June 2014. The jurors last...
Jury deliberations enter fourth day in Ross Harris trial

Jury deliberations enter fourth day in Ross Harris trial

BRUNSWICK — In their first week of deliberations, the jury in the Ross Harris case focused on the hours immediately following the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. The six-man, six-woman panel asked to review three videos from June 18, 2014: Harris’ interview with lead detective Phil Stoddard, his reunion with Leanna Taylor in a police interrogation room, and his return to his SUV...
Ross Harris jury breaks for weekend

Ross Harris jury breaks for weekend

Deliberations will resume Monday in the Justin Ross Harris hot-car murder trial following a third day of debate that included a few tears and the re-airing of pivotal video footage. Jurors asked to review security video of Harris returning to his car at lunchtime and tossing light bulbs inside. His 22-month-old son Cooper, had been strapped in his car seat for roughly three hours at that point. Prosecutors...
Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 10

Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 10

Photos from the trial of Justin Ross Harris from Nov. 10, 2016. Harris is charged with murder in the "hot car death" case involving his son Cooper in Cobb County in 2014.
Hot-car jury asks to see Home Depot security video

Hot-car jury asks to see Home Depot security video

The jury in the Justin Ross Harris hot-car murder trial on Thursday asked to watch yet another video — this one a security video of Harris returning to his car at lunchtime and tossing light bulbs inside. The jurors asked to have the large-screen monitor moved extremely close to the jury box so they would have a good view. As the video played, all the jurors paid rapt attention. At one point...
The Ross Harris trial: What the jury is thinking about

The Ross Harris trial: What the jury is thinking about

After hearing 22 days of testimony from 70 witnesses, the jury in the Justin Ross Harris case has been deliberating for a day and a half and may well come back with a verdict today. Or not. Court will be in recess tomorrow for the Veterans Day holiday: will jurors try to wrap it up before the three-day weekend? Harris is charged with malice murder in the hot-car death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper...
Ross Harris jury to resume deliberations Thursday

Ross Harris jury to resume deliberations Thursday

The first full day of deliberations in the Justin Ross Harris trial ended without a verdict as jurors reviewed a pair of videos featuring the defendant shortly after his son’s death. The surveillance footage showed Harris, accused of leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper strapped in his car seat for roughly seven hours, being interviewed by Cobb County police and reuniting with his then-wife Leanna...
Jury in Ross Harris trial to review video of his interview with police

Jury in Ross Harris trial to review video of his interview with police

BRUNSWICK — After deliberating for three hours Tuesday — and then knocking off early so they could vote — the jurors in the Justin Ross Harris murder case will have their first full day of deliberations today. » New episode of “Breakdown” podcast Among the first items on the agenda: a review of the video of Harris’s interview with Cobb County police Det. Phil...
Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 8

Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 8

Photos from the trial of Justin Ross Harris from Nov. 8, 2016. Harris is charged with murder in the "hot car death" case involving his son Cooper in Cobb County in 2014.
Jury in Ross Harris murder trial sent home without reaching verdict

Jury in Ross Harris murder trial sent home without reaching verdict

Jurors in the hot-car murder trial on Tuesday were dismissed for the afternoon after deliberating almost three hours without reaching a verdict. Judge Mary Staley Clark had already arranged to give the six-man, six-woman jury the afternoon off so they could cast their ballots on Election Day. They will return again Wednesday morning. Nearly two months after reporting for jury duty, the jurors finally...
Harris jury dismissed for day without reaching verdict

Harris jury dismissed for day without reaching verdict

The jury in the hot-car murder trial on Tuesday were dismissed for the afternoon after deliberating almost three hours without reaching a verdict. Judge Mary Staley Clark had already arranged to give the jury the afternoon off so they could cast their ballots on Election Day. They will return again Wednesday morning. The jury sent a number of questions to the judge as they set about their deliberations...
Jury deliberations begin in Justin Ross Harris case

Jury deliberations begin in Justin Ross Harris case

Nearly two months after reporting for jury duty, the six-man, six-woman panel of Glynn County residents selected to determine the fate of Justin Ross Harris finally began deliberations Tuesday morning. The jury started sorting through roughly 1,150 pieces of evidence shortly after 9:30 a.m. The car seat where 22-month-old Cooper Harris died after spending seven hours in the back seat of his father&rsquo...
As jury takes the case, Ross Harris faces a century or more in prison

As jury takes the case, Ross Harris faces a century or more in prison

BRUNSWICK — Nearly two months after the prospective jurors assembled at the Glynn County courthouse to see who would serve on the Justin Ross Harris trial, the 12 selected will gather today to deliberate Harris’s fate. » New! Latest episode of ‘Breakdown’ podcast He faces eight charges in the death of his son, Cooper. Here is a brief description of each count in...
Jurors about to get Harris case: Do they believe him or the police?

Jurors about to get Harris case: Do they believe him or the police?

» Latest episode of "Breakdown" podcast is live now BRUNSWICK — The Cobb County police didn’t tell the truth about Ross Harris and his role in his son’s death, Harris’ attorney told the jury during his closing argument Monday. On the contrary, the prosecutor said during his closing: it’s all true — Harris is an insatiable philanderer who jettisoned...
'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 14: Leanna Taylor takes the stand 

'Breakdown' S02 Ep. 14: Leanna Taylor takes the stand 

Ross Harris’ ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, took the witness stand on Monday and repeated her long-held belief that Harris never meant to leave their 22-month-old son Cooper to die in his overheated SUV. Taylor spent an emotional two days on the stand, ending her testimony with a dramatic flourish. Some of Harris’ relatives and closest friends then followed her and testified Harris loved his...
Prosecutor asks for ‘justice for that little boy’

Prosecutor asks for ‘justice for that little boy’

Ross Harris sexted with multiple women over weeks, months and years leading up to the hot-car death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. “But he never said he needed an escape from his son until 10 minutes before he killed his son,” lead prosecutor Chuck Boring said Monday. Boring was referring to the Whisper message Harris had on the morning of his son’s last day, sending a message to...
'Breakdown' Episode 14: Leanna Taylor takes the stand

'Breakdown' Episode 14: Leanna Taylor takes the stand

Ross Harris’ ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, took the witness stand on Monday and repeated her long-held belief that Harris never meant to leave their 22-month-old son Cooper to die in his overheated SUV. Taylor spent an emotional two days on the stand, ending her testimony with a dramatic flourish. Some of Harris’ relatives and closest friends then followed her and testified Harris loved his...
Harris defense: State failed to disprove hot car death was accident

Harris defense: State failed to disprove hot car death was accident

Everything Justin Ross Harris did and said was suspicious on the day his 22-month-old son died after being left strapped in his car seat for seven hours, lead defense lawyer Maddox Kilgore said Monday in his closing argument. “He screamed too loud at the scene. He didn’t cry in front of us,” Kilgore said. “The Cobb police made a decision right there on the scene,” he...
State: Harris ‘loved himself … more than he loved that little boy’

State: Harris ‘loved himself … more than he loved that little boy’

Justin Ross Harris had reached a breaking point when he purposely left his 22-month-old son inside a hot car to die, lead prosecutor Chuck Boring said Monday in his closing argument. He didn’t get a job he had interviewed for with Chick-fil-A. His then-wife, Leanna, was pressuring him to spend more time with her and their only child, Cooper. And a young woman to whom he professed his love was...
Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 7

Ross Harris trial: Photos from Nov. 7

Photos from the trial of Justin Ross Harris from Nov. 7, 2016. Harris is charged with murder in the "hot car death" case involving his son Cooper in Cobb County in 2014.
Final showdown in Justin Ross Harris hot-car murder case begins today

Final showdown in Justin Ross Harris hot-car murder case begins today

Just over two years ago, 22-month-old Cooper Harris died after his dad left him strapped in a car seat in a hot SUV for seven hours on a sweltering June afternoon. Now, the prosecutors accusing Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, of murder and the attorneys defending him will have a final chance to plead their cases to the jury. » Watch the closing arguments live Closing arguments in...
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