Two years since Justin Ross Harris was accused of leaving his 22-month-old son to die in a hot car in 2014, he’s finally standing trial. Brush up on the facts of Justin’s case before the court decides his fate.
1. This trial was supposed to happen five months ago.
Attorneys began questioning jurors in April, when the trial was set to begin in the same Atlanta county where Justin‘s son Cooper died in June 2014. Justin’s lawyers argued the location of the trial didn’t allow for an impartial jury about three weeks into the process, so the judge promptly halted the trial and moved it to Brunswick, Georgia — 275 miles away from Atlanta.
2. Justin has already been charged for murder.
As soon as Justin was arrested following Cooper’s death, he was charged with first-degree murder. He faced a grand jury in September 2014, which indicted him of eight felony charges including first-degree murder and malice murder.
3. Sexting was allegedly involved in Justin’s son’s death.
While Justin’s attorney insists that he “forgot” about Cooper in the car because he was distracted, a detective told the court that Justin’s distraction came from sexting several women. Justin reportedly had been texting six different girls while his son was left to die, including a 16-year-old.
4. His wife may not be helping him testify.
Justin’s wife, Leanna, initially stood by him as he fought for his innocence and told courts that he was a good father. But prior to this year’s trial, Leanna filed for divorce from Justin — so if she testifies (she’s on the witness list), it’s unclear if it would be for or against Justin.
5. Justin’s life is on the line.
If he is found guilty, Justin faces life in prison for allegedly killing his son. The case evidence is seemingly all against Justin, as there is surveillance footage of him going to the car in the middle of the day that Cooper died, appearing to never look in the backseat where Cooper’s car seat was. Plus, a detective named Phil Stoddard found that Justin had searched “hot car deaths” and “how to survive prison” around the time of his son’s death. The trial is expected to last several weeks, so it will definitely be interesting to see what the court ultimately decides.
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