Sleepy coastal town becomes center of hot car death trial

Jury selection begins for Harris case in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, GA - In the county seat of Glynn County sits the sleepy costal town of Brunswick, Georgia. It's now the center of Metro Atlanta's biggest murder trial of the year.

Two-hundred to 250 jurors were called to the courthouse Monday as potential jurors in the Ross Harris murder trial. The defendant entered the courtroom in a suit, looking noticeably thinner.

Around 35 people told the judge they had hardships and could not serve on the jury. Judge Mary Staley Clark heard from them one at a time Monday.

The first person excused from jury duty was a man who entered with a walker. He said he was in excruciating pain with a pinched nerve in his back.

"I’m just hurting bad man. I [have to] sit down anywhere I can, I can’t sleep, I mean its been really, really bad," he told the court.

Ross Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his son Cooper in a hot car to die back in June of 2014. His trial started this spring, but three weeks into jury selection, the judge granted a change of venue. At the time, she said they could not fine enough impartial jurors in Cobb County.

Because Brunswick is covered by the Jacksonville television market, the judge hopes jurors will know less about the case.

Potential jurors are now going through Voir Dire. They'll be questioned in groups of 36. So far, twenty say they've formed or expressed an opinion in the case. Twenty-six say they've heard or read about it in the media.

For full trial coverage, check 11Alive.com's Ross Harris Murder trial section. Follow Duffie Dixon, who's covering the case from Brunswick. Once opening statements begin, 11Alive will stream the trial every day. Former prosecutor and current Atlanta Alive anchor Vinnie Politan will host a special show every day at 12:30.

 

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