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Prosecutors request jury field trips in Justin Ross Harris trial

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Justin Ross Harris in court. (Source: WGCL) Justin Ross Harris in court. (Source: WGCL)
MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

Cobb County prosecutors have filed motions asking the judge in the Justin Ross Harris murder trial to allow jurors to leave the courthouse to view certain evidence first-hand.

Jury selection is underway for Harris, who is accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper in a hot car to die. 

One of the motions asks Superior Court Judge Mary Staley to allow jurors to view the 2011 Hyundai Tuscon where the child spent the last few hours of his life, noting that the vehicle is "too large to bring into the courtroom."

Another motion asks Staley to allow jurors to visit four locations related to the case, including the Chick-fil-A on Cumberland Parkway, where Harris took his son to breakfast the morning of June 18, 2014. The motion also asks the judge to allow jurors to visit Home Depot's "Tree House" facility on Cumberland Boulevard, Harris' place of employment; Cooper's daycare center, Little Apron Academy on Paces Ferry Road, which, according to the motion, is a "short distance from both the Chick-Fil-A location and the 'Tree House' location;" and a shopping center on Akers Mill Road.

Harris claimed he forgot to take Cooper to daycare that morning, but instead went from the restaurant straight to work, investigators said. Cooper was locked in the car from approximately 9:25 a.m. until approximately 4:15 p.m., according to the motion. Harris claimed he was on his way to meet friends at a movie theater when he discovered his lifeless son in the backseat. He said he pulled over in the parking lot of the Akers Mill shopping center to try to render aid to his son, according to the motion.

Check back with CBS46.com for updates on whether the judge approves the requests.

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