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
- The autopsy report reveals Cooper Harris died of hypothermia.
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
- Home Depot fires Harris as an Online Software Engineer with the company.
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
- Ross Harris is denied bond during probable cause hearing.
September 25, 2014
- Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against Ross Harris.
October 13, 2014
- Harris pleads not guilty to murder charges.
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.
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
- Leanna Harris files for divorce from Ross Harris.
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
- Judge Mary Staley announces she will allow "bad character" evidence to be presented in the trial.
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
- A man who says he wants to serve on the Ross Harris jury told the court he's a fan of online pornography, and can look into people's eyes and tell when they’re lying.
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
- The judge in the Ross Harris murder trial grants the defense's motion to move the trial to another courthouse in another part of the state.
May 3, 2016
- One of the former potential jurors offers insights into what went on behind the scenes of the case in an exclusive 11Alive interview.
June 16, 2016
- Brunswick, Ga., in Glynn County, is named the new venue for the trial. Jury selection will begin on September 12, 2016.
August 19, 2016
- Judge Mary Staley rules the SUV Cooper died in would be allowed to be brought to trial to be viewed by the jury.
- Cobb County district attorney called the SUV the "actual murder weapon." Harris' defense strongly opposed the motion.
September 10, 2016
- Deputies escort Ross Harris to the Glynn County jail in Brunswick. He had a new mug shot taken when he went through processing.
September 12, 2016
- Jury selection begins in Brunswick.
September 14, 2016
- First potential jurors chosen for trial in Brunswick.
September 22, 2016
- A total of 45 jurors have been selected for the pool in the Ross Harris murder trial.
October 3, 2016
October 5, 2016
- Jurors shown disturbing photos of Cooper Harris during testimony
October 6, 2016
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