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Ross Harris becomes emotional during motions hearing


ATLANTA -- A motions hearing was held Monday in the case of Ross Harris, the Cobb County father accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot car to die.

Harris was arrested after his son, Cooper, was found dead in the back seat of a hot car in June of 2014. He faces multiple charges including: malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.

The defense team argued there is no evidence to support Harris deliberately left his son in the car, as they try to get certain portions of the state’s evidence thrown out.

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Mom of toddler who died in hot car files for divorce


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Leanna Harris, the wife of Ross Harris, has filed for divorce. Harris is charged for the hot car death of his toddler.

Lawrence Zimmerman, her attorney, confirmed to 11Alive that she filed for divorce in Cobb County Superior court Wednesday citing irreconcilable differences. 

He said, "Leanna has made the decision to file for divorce. This is a private matter and I won't go into any other details at this time."

In the divorce filing, Leanna Harris is asked for a total divorce, that each party maintain their respective personal property and that each person pay for their own debt. She is also asking for their 2012 Toyota Camry and attorney fees if Ross contests the divorce

Getting answers about Cobb County's shelter shortage


MARIETTA, Ga -- For the second freezing night in a row, people will be turned away from Cobb County’s warming shelter.

Must Ministries is at capacity again.  It’s staffed all season for nights like this.  Other shelters are temporary and struggle to open quickly.

Warming shelter in need of supplies


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A local shelter says it’s in serious need of supplies to help those seeking shelter from the cold.

MUST Ministries says its Marietta shelter has doubled its capacity in the past few days as a cold snap has moved in. They are providing a place where people can stay warm during the day, and also have opened a warming shelter at night.

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Outside agency to audit Cobb Co. Public Safety Department


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to have an outside agency audit Department of Public Safety policies.

Sam Heaton, Cobb County’s head of public safety, is calling for the county to spend roughly $100,000 to look into its police department. He said the department has “trust issues” with some in the community. He said several Cobb policies need immediate review, including body cameras and bias-based profiling.

Under the resolution approved on Tuesday, an independent agency will audit police policies,speaking with both officers and citizens.

Man gets 3 life sentences for molesting young girls


MARIETTA, Ga. — A man accused of molesting three young girls will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

On Monday, a Cobb County jury convicted Manuel Ponce Dominguez, 42, on 19 counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, cruelty to children and invasion of privacy, among others. He will serve three consecutive life sentences, plus 45 years.

An investigation by Marietta Police found Dominguez repeatedly sodomized and molested one girl for 12 years, starting when she was just five years old. He later continued to sexually abuse at least two other girls. According to authorities, the attacks occurred in his residences, including a home on Park Street in Marietta. 

Community rallies for trooper shot during I-75 pursuit


 

MARIETTA — The surprise visits to the trooper injured during a suspect chase on I-75 keep coming.