Defense asks judge to move Ross Harris trial

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – The Latest on the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot SUV to die (all times local):

10 a.m.

A defense attorney for a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die argues that extensive pretrial publicity has tainted the potential jury pool to the point that his client can’t receive a fair trial.

Justin Ross Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Defense attorney Bryan Lumpkin argued Monday that even though many potential jurors said they would like to be fair and impartial, they also said they were leaning toward thinking Harris is guilty.

The arguments came during a hearing on a defense motion to move the trial away from the metro Atlanta county where the child died.

Harris is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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6:35 a.m

A judge is expected to consider whether to move the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Justin Ross Harris faces charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day 22-month-old Cooper died in June 2014.

Harris’ attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue Friday afternoon, about three weeks into jury selection. They want the trial moved from Cobb County.

The attorneys said they don’t believe an impartial jury can be found in the county just northwest of Atlanta. They said the questioning of potential jurors has shown that pretrial publicity has led many to believe Harris is guilty.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said she’ll hear arguments on the motion Monday morning.

Harris is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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