Nearly three months after the death of his son, Justin Ross Harris has been indicted with 8 felonies by a grand jury — including malice murder. The father who left his son to die in a hot car now faces the death penalty.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, made national headlines after he was arrested and charged with murder in the death of his toddler son, Cooper Harris, who was just 22 months old. Now, a grand jury has indicted the father of one with 8 counts in the death of his son, which means he will be tried and may face the death penalty if found guilty.
Justin Ross Harris Indicted For 8 Felonies Including Murder
On Thursday, Sept. 4, Justin Ross Harris faced a grand jury in a Cobb County courtroom. That jury indicted him of 8 felony charges, including malice murder and first-degree murder.
All 8 indictments include malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors, reports 11 Alive, a local NBC news affiliate in the area.
What does this mean? According to the full indictment, revealed by My Fox Atlanta, the grand jury indicted Justin for allegedly having “malice aforethought” in the death of his son. The first count of felony murder also reveals that they believe he “maliciously caused” the death of his son.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the horrific case, Justin’s son died after being left inside his father’s hot car for several hours on June 18. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder within hours of “discovering” his infant sons lifeless body in the backseat of his car.
Since that fateful day, multiple bombshells about Justin and his wife, Leanna Harris, who has not been charged in the death of their son, have been revealed by the prosecution. One of the many incriminating details about the day Cooper died is that his father, Justin, spent it allegedly sending nude photos of his private parts to an underage female.
That is where his 6th count, Criminal Intent to Commit A Felony, comes into play. As the indictment reads, Justin “knowingly and willingly” attempted to sexually exploit a girl under the age of 18 years old.
— Lauren Cox