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Justin Ross Harris' statements after son found dead admissible

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A Cobb County judge ruled Tuesday that statements made by Justin Ross Harris in the hours immediately following his son Cooper's death will be admissible during the upcoming trial.

Harris is accused of leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper Harris to die, in a hot car, last summer.

The defense is arguing that some statements Harris made during the interview should be thrown out, because investigators did not follow the proper procedure during their interactions with Harris after he was taken into custody.

A responding officer spoke to what she recalls about Harris in the moments right after he discovered his son was dead.  Detective Jacqueline Piper said she was sitting in the front of a patrol car, while Harris was handcuffed sitting in the back.

"I remember he was asking me to call his wife, he said that she was going to go to Little Apron Academy where his son was not going to be," said detective Jacqueline Piper during court Tuesday.  "He made a comment that he didn't do a double check in his car."

Judge Mary Staley ruled Tuesday that those statements, and others, will be admissible in his trial.

The next round of motions is set for October 12, at which time Judge Staley is expected to set a date for the trial, likely sometime early in 2016.

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