Justin Ross Harris' attorneys want character evidence omitted from trial


Attorneys for Justin Ross Harris are trying to salvage their client's public image by having certain character evidence excluded from the trial.

The 35-year-old is accused of leaving his 22 month old son, Cooper, to die in the back of a hot car in June of 2014.

Harris' defense attorney Maddox Kilgore argued Monday before Judge Mary Staley that some of the evidence that will be presented against Harris in this trial, referred to as bad character evidence, will unfairly taint his image before a jury. Kilgore argued the evidence should not be admitted in trial because it is not relevant to the way Cooper died.

The prosecution argued much differently, saying the lewd text messages, online conversations, and internet searches Harris was engaging in leading up to the death of his son help show his motive, that he wanted to live a child-free life.

Judge Staley did not rule on the arguments Monday, instead asking for both sides to submit their written arguments before she makes a ruling around March 1.

Jury selection for the trial is set to begin April 11.

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