Justin Ross Harris found guilty of murder in son’s hot car death

Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, sits for his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)
Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, sits for his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV/WJBF) – A Cobb County father has been found guilty of murder in his son’s hot car death.

After several days of deliberations, jurors convicted Justin Ross Harris on all 8 counts, including malice murder, 2 counts of felony murder and several others.

Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper, died on June 18, 2014, when Harris left him inside his SUV outside his office for nearly seven hours.

Prosecutors argued that it was intentional. They said Harris was living a double life and wanted to escape his family life to be “the other Justin Ross Harris.” During trial, they brought in multiple women who were sexting with Harris on the day of Cooper’s death, including a minor and a woman Harris claimed to love. Prosecutors said Harris wanted to live that life full time, but wouldn’t leave his wife as long as his son was alive.

Sentencing will likely take place in Cobb County at a later time.

The District Attorney’s Office said Harris is facing a maximum of life in prison without parole plus an additional 40-plus years.

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