Jury selection to begin in hot SUV death case in Georgia

Justin Ross Harris
Posted at 7:05 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 07:05:00-04

ATLANTA - Attorneys are set to begin sorting through potential jurors for the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of 35-year-old Justin Ross Harris. Police say 22-month-old Cooper died after spending about seven hours in the SUV on a hot day in June 2014.

Harris faces multiple charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day his son died.

Prosecutors have painted Harris as a man unhappy and unfaithful in his marriage who sought an escape and intentionally left the boy to die. Defense attorneys have called the boy's death a tragic mistake that Harris will have to deal with for the rest of his life.

Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.