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UPDATE: Judge denies defense request to close courtroom in child's hot car death

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Ross Harris in court Monday. Ross Harris in court Monday.

UPDATE: ATLANTA (WXIA) - A judge has denied a motion by the attorney for the man accused in the hot car death of his child to close the courtroom to the public and media.

Attorneys for Ross Harris are arguing to keep the proceedings closed to the public and the media. The defense team argued on evidence that they want thrown out, and, based on the publicity the case has already received, they say an open courtroom would make it hard to ensure Harris gets a fair trial.

Harris appeared in an orange jumpsuit with his long mop of brown hair cut short. The judge allowed his right hand to be unshackled so he could take notes during the hearing.


PREVIOUS STORY: ATLANTA (WXIA) - Defense attorneys want to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings in the case of the Cobb County man accused of leaving his child in a hot car.

Hearings in the Ross Harris case are scheduled to be held next Monday through Wednesday.

Harris is charged in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in June 2014. Harris faces numerous charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.

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The first round of pre-trial motions in the Justin Ross Harris trial begins Monday. Harris is charged with murder, after his 22-month-old son, Cooper, died in a hot car last year.

Harris’ attorneys want to keep the proceedings closed to the public and the media. The defense team plans to argue over evidence that they want thrown out, and, based on the publicity the case has already received, they say an open courtroom would make it hard to ensure Harris gets a fair trial.

There’s no word when the judge will rule on the motion.

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