LIST: Evidence admissible in Ross Harris hot car death trial | News
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County judge will allow "bad character" evidence to be presented in the trial of a man charged in the hot car death of his son.
Justin Ross Harris is facing numerous charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children, in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. The child was found dead in the back seat of an SUV in June 2014.
In motions hearings last month, the defense team argued that several pieces of evidence, including information on Harris’ alleged infidelity and internet searches on life without children, shouldn’t be allowed at trial.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley issued a ruling on Monday that will allow prosecutors to admit most of that evidence.
The judge ruled:
1) Evidence of Harris' marital and family relationship and disharmony within those relationships is admissible.
2) Evidence of Harris' alleged infidelity is admissible
3) Evidence that Harris researched weather and the effects of heat on objects left in vehicles and out in the sun is admissible
4) Evidence of Harris' state of mind regarding his child, and children in general, and "living a lifestyle free of the responsibilities of children" is admissible.
5) Evidence of Harris' state of mind and interest in topics concerning death in the months, weeks, and days leading to Cooper's death is admissible.
6) Evidence of Harris' state of mind regarding his family's financial status and employment situation is admissible.
7) Evidence of Harris' knowledge, research and interest in law enforcement, criminal law and the prison system is admissible.
8) Information concerning a life insurance policy can not be presented until the state during the trial that they have a connection between the life insurance evidence and charges in the indictment.
Jury selection is set to begin April 11.