2nd try at jury selection underway in Georgia hot car death

Published 9:52 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A second attempt at jury selection in the trial of a metro Atlanta man charged with killing his toddler son is underway at a courthouse 275 miles (440 kilometers) from the suburban parking lot where the child died in the back seat of a hot SUV.

Despite the long-distance relocation of the trial, most potential jurors questioned by the judge said they not only had heard about the case against Justin Ross Harris, but had also formed opinions about his guilt or innocence.

Harris, 35, who moved to Georgia in 2012 from Alabama, is charged with murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Nearly three weeks of efforts to find an impartial jury in Cobb County fell apart in May, with the judge agreeing to move the case because of pretrial publicity.

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