COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Jury selection was halted Friday after the defense made a motion to change venue.
After almost three full weeks, the jury pool for the Ross Harris murder trial has 41 qualified members. Judge Mary Staley has indicated that the pool needs to reach 42 before the jury selection process can move to its final stage.
In that stage, prosecutors and defense attorneys can strike people from the jury without cause. After those "peremptory challenges," the remaining members of the jury pool will be seated as jurors and alternates for the trial.
Everyone was hoping that the jury pool could reach 42 by the end of the week, but that was until the defense filed the motion to change venues. Throughout the process, Harris’ attorneys have expressed their concern that many of the potential jurors have already made up their mind about the case. They told the judge last week that those people should be dismissed from the jury pool.
Judge Mary Staley ordered all awaiting jurors to report Monday at 11 a.m.
Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his son Cooper to die in a hot car. Prosecutors said he was sexting with underage girls the day Cooper died. Harris' defense team said the boy's death was an accident.