Georgia Father Found Guilty in Son's Hot-Car Death

Justin Harris found guilty on all counts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2016 2:30 PM CST
Justin Ross Harris arrives for his court appearance at Cobb Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in Marietta, Ga.   (Kathryn Ingall/ The Marietta Daily Journal, Pool via AP, File)

(Newser) – A Georgia father has been found guilty of murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son who perished after being left in a hot car, the AP reports. 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. Defense attorneys said the boy's death was a tragic accident. (Read more Justin Ross Harris stories.)

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