Post by Graveyardbride on Nov 14, 2016 15:46:48 GMT -5
Justin Ross Harris Found Guilty on All Charges
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The jury in the Justin Ross Harris case has reached a verdict. Harris, who was charged with killing his 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, by leaving him in a hot car in an office park in June 2014, has been found guilty on all counts: malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, criminal attempt to commit a felony and dissemination of pornography to minors.
After a change of venue from Marietta to Brunswick, the trial proceeded 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 continue to maintain that Cooper's death was a tragic accident and that nothing in the state's evidence poroved otherwise.
The prosecution insisted that Harris deliberately left Cooper in the car and told others that he wanted to live a child-free life. The evidence included videos, photographs, cellphone records, emails, texts and other data.
In addition, Harris, who was married at the time of Cooper’s death, was carrying on what prosecutors called a “double life,” exchanging sexually provocative texts and images with other women, some underage – and this may have contributed to his desire to live a child-free life.
In cases like this, I always wonder if the defendant was convicted because he's guilty or because he's a sorry excuse for a human being. It's hard to believe that even if he wanted a single lifestyle, that he would have picked such a horrible way to kill his own flesh and blood.