Justin Ross Harris trial begins final stage of jury selection - CBS46 News

Justin Ross Harris trial begins final stage of jury selection in Brunswick

Posted: Updated:

The final stage of jury selection in the malice murder trial of Justin Ross Harris begins on Monday, set to conclude the process after the trial's move from Cobb County.

Now in Brunswick, attorneys and the judge will seat the jury from a pool of 45 who qualified during the process. Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son Cooper Harris to die in the back of a hot car in 2014.

CBS46's Vince Sims is in Brunswick and will have the latest developments as the case moves forward this week. 

Harris accused of intentionally leaving son in car to die

Harris told investigators he forgot Cooper was in his car when he went to work on June 18, 2014. Cooper was found more than seven hours later dead in the car.

An autopsy showed that the boy had died from the extreme heat. Cooper's body was in a state of rigor mortis when he was removed from the car, according to detectives.

Prosecutors alleged Harris was unhappy at work and in his marriage, portraying him as an unfaithful husband who wanted a child-free life.

According to Detective Phil Stoddard, Harris had been sexting girls, one as young as 17, throughout the day while he was at work. Harris messaged six women, sending and receiving explicit texts, some including nude images.

Police also said that Harris had visited several sites that showed people dying in all sorts of ways, including suicides and executions.

Harris and his wife, Leanna, had two life insurance policies on Cooper totaling $27,000.

Local, national attention led to move from Cobb County

The case drew national attention in print, on TV and online. When attorneys tried to seat 12 jurors in April, they were unable to find enough people who didn't have a pre-conceived notion of the case.

Judge Mary Staley Clark sided with the defense when they asked for a change of venue, and Brunswick -- a 330 mile drive from Marietta -- was chosen for the new location.

"I think it's a lot harder than most people realize," said legal analyst Keegan Federal, speaking of the move to southeast Georgia. "I think some people think when a change of venue is granted, it simply means some other judge takes it over, and some other prosecutor perhaps.

The truth of the matter is everything that would have taken place in Cobb County gets moved to, in this case, Glynn County ... and it's a massive undertaking."

Federal expects attorneys will have much better fortune in finding a jury made up of residents from Glynn County. Attorneys will have roughly three weeks to seat a jury before the trial begins on October 3.

Copyright 2016 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/33052917/court-staff-attorneys-prep-to-move-south-for-hot-car-death-trial#ixzz4M1PoA24E