BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia father has been found guilty of murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son who died after being left in a hot car.
A jury reached its verdict Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris. The former Home Depot web developer’s 22-month-old son, Cooper, died after Harris left the boy in his SUV while he was at work June 18, 2014.
Harris was charged with malice murder after investigators concluded he left his child to die on purpose. They also charged him with felony murder, which does not require proof of intent to kill. He was found guilty of both murder charges.
Prosecutors used the month-long trial to make a case that Harris intentionally killed his son to escape from family responsibilities while he sought sexual affairs outside his marriage. Defense attorneys say Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, loved his son and the boy’s death was a tragic accident.