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Dad in hot car death pleads not guilty
 On July 3, Cobb police and prosecutors successfully used tidbits culled from Justin Ross Harris’ electronic devices to shock an international audience. When the trial opens, their task will be harder: to convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Harris was — at the least — criminally negligent, not just tragically distracted, when he left his 22-month-old son in the car for seven hours.
Based on what they have shown to date, prosecutors made clear that the foundation of their case will be data retrieved from six or more of Harris’ devices, seized by Cobb police. They are an iPhone, an iPad, an Apple laptop, a Lenovo laptop, a Dell computer tower and a Google Chromecast, with which users can stream online video on their TVs.
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Updated: 2:52 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Justin Ross Harris, accused of deliberately leaving his son inside his SUV on a hot day to die, has pleaded not guilty to the eight felony charges against him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.Harris — held without bond since June 18, when Cobb County police found him with 22-month-old Cooper’s ...
No death penalty in toddler hot car case

7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

The decision by Cobb County’s top prosecutor not to seek the death penalty for Justin Ross Harris brought an instant and deeply split verdict in the court of public opinion. Defense lawyers and prosecutors hailed it as a wise and even courageous choice, but many in the public denounced it ...
D.A. will not seek death penalty for dad in hot car death

4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Wednesday he will not seek the death penalty for Ross Harris, accused of intentionally leaving his son locked inside a hot car to die. “After reviewing Georgia’s death penalty statute and considering other factors, the State will not seek the death penalty in ...
Arraignment delayed for dad in hot car death
Cooper Harris died June 18 after his father, Ross Harris, left him in a hot car for seven hours.

4:36 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Thursday’s scheduled arraignment of the Cobb County father charged with intentionally leaving his young son inside a hot car to die has been delayed. Cobb District Attorney spokeswoman Kim Isaza confirmed the postponement and said the two sides have yet to settle on a new date. The delay allows D.A. ...
Leanna Harris passed polygraph, lawyer says

4:52 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Leanna Harris passed a polygraph administered by an expert hired by her attorney, the lawyer’s office confirmed Monday.Harris’ husband, Ross Harris, was indicted earlier this month on charges that he deliberately murdered the couple’s 22-month-old son, Cooper. Leanna Harris has not be charged in the June 18 death, which occurred ...
Report: Mother of toddler in Cobb hot car death passes polygraph test
Leanna Harris, wife of Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, looks on during her husband's bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court on July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris, who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV, was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday. At that same hearing, a judge refused to grant bond for Harris, meaning he will remain in jail.

Updated: 11:14 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

The mother of a 22-month-old Cobb toddler who died after being left in a hot car for seven hours on a 90-degree day in June passed a polygraph test, unidentified sources told ABC News. Fox 5 Atlanta responded to that report by tweeting that the polygraph was administered by Leanna ...
Charges against Ross Harris paint conflicting scenarios
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds addresses reporters after the grand jury indicted Ross Harris on eight felony counts, including intentional murder. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Updated: 2:16 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Justin Ross Harris killed his son with cold-blooded intent or with extreme recklessness, according to the indictment handed down last week by Cobb County grand jurors. Among its eight counts are three murder charges that rest on two very different theories of what transpired June 18. One theory is that ...
In case you missed it: the two faces of Ross Harris
At the July 3 bond hearing for Ross Harris, police and prosecutors portrayed him as a serial sexter who wanted to be free of fatherhood. But many friends still say he adored his son. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)

10:12 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

As a kid in Tuscaloosa, Ross Harris was a study in contrasts: a confirmed prankster who once stole the “Entering Tuscaloosa” sign, and a devoted churchgoer who kept attending services even after his parents stopped. According to police, Harris still has two sides, which could hardly be more radically at ...
Ross Harris: Jekyll or Hyde?
Leanna Harris (left) sits with her friend Angie Bond in 2007 in Angie’s apartment in Ridgeland, Mississippi. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK, USED WITH PERMISSION OF ANGIE BOND

Updated: 4:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Several times a week, Leanna Harris visits the grave of her son, Cooper. She lays down a blanket, settles herself on it, and waits for a phone call from her husband, Ross, who is in a Cobb County jail.They share memories of the 22-month-old blond boy they took to Braves ...
Harris charged with son's murder
Harris charged with son's murder

Updated: 10:14 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Justin Ross Harris, the father of a Georgia toddler left in a hot car for hours, has been charged with murder in his son's death. (Sept. 4)

Ross Harris indicted, could face death
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 MARIETTA Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds discusses the indictment against Ross Harris during a press conference at the Cobb County Courthouse Thursday, September 4, 2014. He made a brief statement but did not take questions in the case. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Updated: 8:35 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Justin Ross Harris will be tried on charges that he intentionally murdered his son, as well as seven other felonies, and if convicted he could receive the death penalty. A Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris for malice murder Thursday after prosecutors presented their evidence in the case. Harris’ 22-month-old ...
Ross Harris indicted for malice murder

Updated: 5:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Justin Ross Harris will be tried for malice murder as well as seven other felonies, charges that collectively carry a possible death sentence. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said his office will decide in the next two to three weeks whether to seek the ultimate penalty. But Harris’ defense ...
Updated: What the Justin Ross Harris charges mean

3:34 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

UPDATE: Prosecutors announced on Wednesday, Sept. 24, that they will not pursue the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris. Here is a breakdown of the charges that Harris faces and the possible penalties. Malice murder: Defined as “unlawful killing with malice aforethought,” meaning “deliberate intention to take another’s life.” Level ...
Clock ticking in Ross Harris murder case
 On July 3, Cobb police and prosecutors successfully used tidbits culled from Justin Ross Harris’ electronic devices to shock an international audience. When the trial opens, their task will be harder: to convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Harris was — at the least — criminally negligent, not just tragically distracted, when he left his 22-month-old son in the car for seven hours.
Based on what they have shown to date, prosecutors made clear that the foundation of their case will be data retrieved from six or more of Harris’ devices, seized by Cobb police. They are an iPhone, an iPad, an Apple laptop, a Lenovo laptop, a Dell computer tower and a Google Chromecast, with which users can stream online video on their TVs.
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10:39 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Police and prosecutors building the case against Ross Harris face a ticking clock: Four weeks from today, if the grand jury has not indicted him, bond will be set for the Cobb County father accused of murdering his young son. At this point, Cobb police have not completed their investigation ...
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