Ross Harris trial day two, defense delivers opening statements

Tuesday was the first day of testimony in Ross Harris trial. Harris, 35, is a Cobb County man 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. 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 said the death was a tragic accident. In April, the trial was moved from Cobb County to Glynn County.

Here are the notes from the second day of the trial:

5:01 p.m.- Patnano says Harris's behavior did not seem like someone who had just lost their child.

4:58 p.m. - Pantano says that Harris stayed about three or four feet away from Cooper.

4:54 p.m. - Pantano says he was only in the car for a few seconds, and that he did not smell anything.

4:52 p.m. - Third witness, Anthony (TJ) Pantano, an eye witness to the scene takes the stand. He ran over to the car to try to help as soon he saw what had happened.


4:38 p.m. - Hawkings cries as he describes Cooper being pale, yellow, and dead in his arms. He says Cooper smelled like a soiled diaper. He says he left the scene when police arrived because he had lost his daughter in an accident the year prior and seeing Cooper's  dead body was upsetting to him. 

4:31 p.m. - Hawkings says Harris did not stay by Cooper. And that he never asked anyone to call 9-1-1.

4:30 p.m. - Hawkings says Harris was yelling “she is going to kill me. What have I done.” He says the CPR Harris was doing wasn’t right.

4:28 p.m. - Prosecution calls second witness, James Hawkings- Hawkings was walking back to his car from work when he heard Harris’s come to a screech in the shopping center. 


3:51 p.m. - Piper says Harris appeared to be calm when she arrived at the scene. 

2:22 p.m. - Harris can be heard yelling on the tape “What have I done! What have I done! Oh my god! What have I done my boy! 

2:02 p.m. - Officer Piper tells the court that Ross Harris complained about it being too hot in the back of the cop car. 

1:52 p.m. - Court shows video of the scene when Officer Piper arrived, minutes after the 9-1-1 call was made. Harris can be heard telling the police to call the day care where Cooper was supposed to be. He says he needs to reach his wife before she arrives at the day care to pick Cooper up, since he won’t be there. 

1:44 p.m. - Court resumes with questioning of Cobb County Officer Jacqueline Piper.


12:07 p.m. - Piper says she never saw Harris try to go over to Cooper at the scene. She says he stayed on the phone and did not attempt to see his dead son. 

11:43 a.m. - Piper says his small talk was not consistent with someone who had just lost their child. She says that is made her uncomfortable. 

11:40 a.m - Piper says she saw no emotion on Harris's face when he turned to see the scene. She says he complained about it being very hot in the back of the patrol car.

11:36 a.m. - Piper says Harris told the EMT that he served Cooper breakfast at home that morning. 

11:17 a.m. - Piper describes getting the call to report to the scene. She describes what it was like to see Cooper’s lifeless body. Piper says Harris’s yelling seemed really force. She says he sounded like Will Ferrell in “Anchor Man.” She describes Harris as being threatening towards to officers. She says she saw no crying- just mono toned screaming. 

11:07 a.m. - State calls Jacqueline Piper of the Cobb County Police Department to be their first witness. Piper worked as a patrol officer at the time of Coopers death. Prior to that job she was a 9-1-1 dispatcher. 


10:34 a.m. - “If you remember one thing from this morning, remember that Ross never forgot he had a son.”

10:30 a.m. - Attorney Maddox says Harris only took Cooper for breakfast once a month or so. 

10:16 a.m. - Maddox says although Ross was unfaithful, he had no intention of leaving his wife. “He wanted to have his cake and eat it too.”

10:10 a.m - Defense Attorney Maddox says that there is no evidence of neglect or abuse.

9:59 a.m. - Maddox says Ross commented on lots of post on the anonymous app “whisper.” 

9:53 a.m. - Maddox addresses the ‘stench of death in his car’ that the prosecution brought up. He says no bystanders reported a smell. 

9:45 a.m. - Defense says reports of Harris telling police that he researched ‘how hot does a car have to be to kill a child’ are false.  Maddox says no such search took place. 

9:37 a.m. - Defense plays tape of Harris hysterically crying in police custody. Harris continues to get emotional watching the tape inside the court room. 

9:33 a.m. - Maddox plays tape from the scene when police arrive. Harris breaks down in tears listening to his attorney.

9:30 a.m. - Defense Attorney Maddox Kilgore shows images of the road Harris had to drive on when he left work. Calls it “massive and busy.”

9:25 a.m. - Defense says, “was Ross struggling with sexual sins in his life? You bet. Big time.”

9:19 a.m. - “You’re going to hear about infidelity, adultery… he has earned every bit of that shame.” Defense says "as perverse as Harris’s sex life is, it has nothing to do with the death of his son."

9:18 a.m. - “Cooper’s death was an accident. It was always an accident.” Defense says what Harris did was not willful.

9:17 a.m. - “There is one thing the defense is right about. Ross Harris is responsible for the death of his son.”

9:15 a.m. - Defense begins their opening statement.