BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Cobb County man accused of leaving his young son in a hot car to die is back in court Tuesday for a second day of jury selection.
Ross Harris, 35, arrived back at the Glynn County Courthouse just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who was found dead in the back seat of Harris's hot SUV.
It is a case which originally was supposed to go to trial in Cobb County in April of this year, but after three weeks of jury selection, the judge approved the defense's request to move the trial out of the county because of pretrial publicity, eventually settling on the coastal city of Brunswick.
Nearly 300 miles from Cobb County, Judge Mary Staley Clark began the second day of the estimated two-week long jury selection around 9 a.m. Prosecutors have spent the morning running down a list of questions for potential jurors. Some of those questions included whether or not potential jurors are familiar with Cobb County, Georgia and more specifically, Home Depot headquarters in Cobb and the Akers Mill shopping center.
The prosecution also asked jurors if they had ever been responsible for taking a child to or from daycare.
Despite the long-distance relocation of the trial, most potential jurors questioned by the judge said they not only had heard about the case against Harris, but had also formed opinions about his guilt or innocence.
Just over 300 jurors reported to court Monday and, so far, 50 to 70 have been dismissed.
Those who will remain in the pool for possible inclusion on the final jury include a father-to-be who said he expects his child to be born this week, a man whose daughter is getting married this weekend in Virginia, and a doctor who works in the emergency room of a rural hospital that typically has just one physician working every 12-hour shift.
The judge granted each of those possible jurors time to attend to affairs away from the courthouse. But they were all ordered to return before a final jury gets seated.
Harris, who moved to Georgia in 2012 from Alabama, is charged with murder. Prosecutors believe he intentionally left his son to die at a time when Harris was unhappy in his marriage and looking for relationships with other women. Defense attorneys say the death was a tragic accident.