TIMELINE: Ross Harris - Hot Car Death Trial

June 18, 2014 

  • Around 9 a.m., Ross Harris and his 22-month-old son Cooper eat breakfast at the Chick-Fil-A on Cumberland Parkway in Cobb County.  
  • Harris places Cooper into a rear-facing car seat after eating breakfast. He does not take his son to daycare. Instead, Cooper is left in the car as Harris heads to work at The Home Depot around 9:30 a.m. 
  • According to the arrest warrant, Harris returns to his car during his lunch break to place an object on the driver's side door.
  • Around 4:15 p.m., as he was driving home from work, Harris said that he noticed that his son was in the back seat and pulled over at the Akers Mill Square shopping center on Cobb Parkway. Harris tried to perform CPR on the boy, according to a witness, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Harris is arrested and is charged with murder around 10 p.m. 

June 25, 2014 

June 28, 2014 

  • A funeral for Cooper takes place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

July 3, 2014

  • During probable cause hearing, prosecutors say Harris sent explicit messages to numerous women on the day Cooper died. 
  • The prosecution also claimed that Harris had previously researched hot car deaths online and had viewed websites for people who prefer to live child-free. He had also allegedly searched "how to survive in prison" and watched a  watched a viral video in which a veterinarian demonstrated the effects of being trapped inside a hot car twice on June 14. 

July 8, 2014

  • Leanna Harris visits Ross Harris at the Cobb County Jail for 36 minutes
  • Investigators return to Ross Harris' job location on Tuesday to recreate the conditions of the day that Cooper died.

July 10, 2014

August 8, 2014 

  • Leanna Harris is ruled out as a potential suspect in her son's death. 
  • Leanna also writes in a statement: "Ross is a wonderful father and loved Cooper with all his heart." 

September 5, 2014 

  • A Cobb County grand jury indicts Ross Harris on eight counts: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.
  • Three of the charges are related to alleged online sex chats with an underage girl, including sending her nude photos, for months leading up to the day Cooper died.

September 24, 2014

September  25, 2014 

October 13, 2014 

December 30, 2104 

  • Evidence released against Ross Harris: more than 120 computer discs containing videos, photos, Harris's cell phone records, the contents of his home computer hard drives, his emails, and interviews with seemingly everyone who came into contact with Harris the day Cooper died -- witnesses, co-workers, friends.

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December 8, 2015 

  • Attorneys for a Harris file motion to suppress all of the evidence obtained from his electronic devices. 
  • The attorneys say the police did not have probable cause to search Harris’ electronics – and that they gave false testimony to obtain warrants for those searches.

February 11, 2016 

March 3, 2016

  • Ross Harris indicted on several new counts, including two counts of sexual exploitation of children and six counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors. The new charges seem to stem from incidents that occurred before Cooper's death. The indictment says Harris swapped sexually explicit photos with three girls from January to May of 2014 and sent them printed descriptions of various sex acts. 

March 15, 2016 

March 28, 2016 

The divorce between Leanna and Ross Harris is finalized

August 12, 2016 

  • 250 potential jurors filled out a 17-page questionnaire as part of the jury selection. 
  • The questionnaires ask Cobb County residents about their experience with online sex, baby car seats and crime TV. 

April 18, 2016 

April 24, 2016 

  • The court has qualified 26 jurors and some of them are jurors who had told the court they already think Harris is guilty of murder.
  • Judge Mary Staley ruled that she thinks they were impartial enough to potentially hear the case.

May 2, 2016 

May 3, 2016 

June 16, 2016 

August 19, 2016 

September 10, 2016 

September 12, 2016

September 14, 2016

September 22, 2016 

(© 2016 WXIA)


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