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Lawyers question potential jurors in trial of father accused of killing son

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H. Maddox Kilgore, defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore, defense attorney

Lawyers began the tedious process of individually questioning more than 250 potential jurors Wednesday in the trial of the Cobb County father accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot car to die.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys hope to exclude jurors whose life experiences or personal relationships might cause them to lean unfavorably toward the opposing side.

Juror No. 101 confirmed that her husband works in the information technology of Home Depot, just as Harris did.

“Did your husband indicate that he had ever met Ross Harris?” asked defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore.

Attorneys for both the defense and prosecution went a little deeper in their line of questioning. The defense attorney asked one juror, a grandfather, specifically about how he gets his grandchild around.

"So if you are going to transport your 1-year-old grandson, you have to take the car seat out of your car and into hers," defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore asked.

CBS46 legal analyst Keegan Federal says there is a specific reason for the attorneys asking specific questions.

"They want to know whatever any potential juror might have some preconceived ideas based upon which channel they've been listening to, which magazines, newspapers they've been reading," Federal said.

Prosecutors allege that the events of July 18, 2014 were no accident – that Harris intentionally left his 22-month old son Cooper in his SUV at Home Depot’s “Tree House” location for nearly seven hours. Investigators have said they believe Harris wanted to live a child-free life. They allege that Harris was exchanging sexually explicit images with women – one of them who was underage at the time – as his son’s life slipped away.

Attorneys for Harris have said Cooper’s death was a tragic accident.

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