Judge rules in state's favor in Ross Harris hot car death trial motions

MARIETTA, Ga. – A judge has ruled that evidence the defense sought to bar in the trial of a man charged in the hot car death of his 22-month-old son will be allowed.

Ross 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. His trial is set to begin in April.

In motions hearings last month, the defense team argued that several pieces of "bad character" evidence, including information on Harris’ alleged infidelity and internet searches on life without children, shouldn’t be allowed at trial.

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11Alive has learned Monday that Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley ruled in favor of the state. It's not yet clear if the ruling was in favor of the state's motion in its entirety.

Last month, the judge ruled  from the bench that evidence pertaining to life insurance is tentatively inadmissible to show motive. The judge has left open the possibility that that could change if the state can show at trial a connection between the death and the insurance policies, according to 11Alive legal analyst Philip Holloway. 

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

Earlier this month, Harris was indicted on several new counts involving sexual exploitation of children.


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