Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against Ross Harris
22-month-old Cooper Harris (left) and father Ross Harris.
COBB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) - Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the father accused in his son's hot car death.
Justin Ross Harris is charged with eight counts in the death of his 22-month-old son: 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.
District Attorney Vic Reynolds issued a statement on Wednesday saying:
"After reviewing Georgia's death penalty statute and considering other factors, the State will not seek the death penalty in this case at this time. I cannot and will not elaborate at this juncture of the case.
Furthermore, due to a scheduling conflict with the defense, the State has consented to their request to postpone the arraignment until 9 a.m. on Oct. 17 before Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary E. Staley."
Harris was arrested after his 22-month-old son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of a hot car on June 18. He was denied bond at a probable cause hearing, where investigators testified he sexted several women while Cooper died in the SUV parked outside his father's Home Depot office. Home Depot has since terminated Harris.
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.
Harris claimed he forgot to drop his son off at daycare the morning the boy died. His wife, Leanna, has expressed support for her husband since their son's death.