Dad found guilty in hot-car death of son

Prosecutors say Ross Harris intentionally killed his young son by leaving him inside his SUV for seven hours.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Georgia father on Monday was found guilty of murder in the 2014 death of toddler son left inside hot car.

Justin Ross Harris was indicted on eight counts in connection with the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in June 2014. After four days of deliberations, a Glynn County jury found Harris guilty on all of them.

Three of the counts — malice murder and two charges of felony murder — carry mandatory life sentences.

Prosecutors accused Harris of deliberately leaving Cooper in his vehicle and said Harris told others that he wanted to live a child-free life. They gathered videos, photographs, cellphone records, emails, texts, and other data to support their case.

Harris and his defense team maintained that Cooper's death was a tragic accident. The case was moved from Marietta to Brunswick, more than 300 miles southeast, because of pretrial publicity.


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