On Monday, Justin Ross Harris was found guilty on all counts in the murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper Harris. The toddler died after he was left in a hot car in a suburban Atlanta office park in June, 2014.
Count 1 Malice Murder (Mandatory life sentence) – GUILTY
Count 2 Felony Murder (Mandatory life sentence) – GUILTY
Count 3 Felony Murder (Mandatory life sentence) – GUILTY
Count 4 Cruelty to Children in the First Degree (5-to-20 year sentence) – GUILTY
Count 5 Cruelty to Children in the Second Degree (1-to-10 year sentence) – GUILTY
Count 6 Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony (10 year sentence) – GUILTY
Count 7 Dissemination of Pornography to Minors (12 month sentence; $5,000 fine) – GUILTY
Count 8 Dissemination of Pornography to Minors (12 month sentence; $5,000 fine) – GUILTY
After a change of venue from Marietta to downstate Brunswick, the trial proceeded through more than 20 days of witnesses from the prosecution and defense, and was followed by four days of jury deliberation before ending in the verdict that was handed down.
Harris and his defense team continued to maintain that Cooper’s death was a tragic accident, and that nothing in the state’s evidence proved otherwise.
The prosecution said that Harris deliberately left Cooper in the car, and told others that he wanted to live a child-free life. Their evidence included videos, photographs, cellphone records, emails, texts, and other data that point toward that end.
In addition, Harris, who was married at the time, was carrying on what prosecutors called a “double life,” exchanging sexually provocative texts and images with other women, some underaged — and that may have contributed to his desire to live a child-free life.