Wow! Justin Ross Harris has officially been declared guilty of murdering his baby son Cooper back in 2014. The father-of-one locked his 22-month-old son in a hot car for a whopping 7 hours, and now faces major jail time! Get all the details here.
Justin Ross Harris, 35, was declared guilty of murder in the 2014 death of his son Cooper, on Nov. 14, according to CNN. Cooper was only 22 months old at the time of his death when his dad intentionally locked him in a hot car for seven whole hours! Even worse, on that same day, Harris was sexting with a total of six women — including a minor — according to phone records.
— HLN (@HLNTV) November 14, 2016
But Justin wasn’t JUST found guilty of three counts of murder. He was also convicted of two counts of cruelty to children related to Cooper’s death, and guilty of three counts relating to his electronic exchanges of lewd material with two underage girls. He’s expected to be sentenced on Dec. 5.
The jury, located in Glynn County Georgia, was comprised of six men and six women. The group of 12 deliberated for 21 hours over the course of four days in order to reach a decision. Their job was to consider the testimonies of 70 witnesses and 1,150 pieces of evidence — including the Hyundai Tucson that Cooper died in while in a suburban Atlanta parking lot. The news outlet claimed Justin showed “little reaction” as the verdict was announced in court.
Prosecutors argued that Justin intentionally locked his son inside his car on a hot summer day in 2014 because he wanted to be “free of his family responsibilities.” On the other hand, Justin’s team of lawyers claimed the boy’s death was a tragic accident caused by a lapse in memory.
Justin claimed to have “forgotten” his baby son was in the car when he went into work at the Home Depot corporate headquarters on the day of Cooper’s murder. Justin was supposed to have dropped the child off at daycare. Cobb County prosecutor Chuck Boring argued Justin could see his son sitting in his car seat in the SUV.
“If this child was visible in that car that is not a failure in memory systems,” Chuck argued. “Cooper would have been visible to anyone inside that car. Flat out.” And obviously the jury agreed!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you agree with the jurors’ verdict? Is Justin guilty of murder?