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First witnesses testify in Justin Ross Harris malice murder trial

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Cobb County police detective Jacqueline Piper was the first witness on the stand in the Justin Ross Harris malice murder trial. She was one of the first officers on scene trying to get information from Harris.

"Initially he was just kind of talking to me it appeared kind of calm and then he started yelling," Piper said.

Video from her patrol car played in court shows Harris walking around upset. Piper testified Harris yelled at officers.

"He stepped forward and he said 'shut the (expletive) up my son just died," Piper said.

That's when Harris was placed in handcuffs and put in her unit.

"He immediately complained about how hot it was in my vehicle," Piper said

Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring asked detective piper about Harris' actions at the scene.

"I didn't see any crying, his face wasn't wet," Piper said.

She actually compared him to a character from a comedy movie.

"The best way I can describe it is if you have ever seen "Anchorman" and you have Will Ferrell shouting I'm in a glass case of emotion it's that monotone yelling that just seemed really forced," Piper said.

Emotions were something defense attorney Maddox Kilgore specifically asked Piper about during his cross examination.

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