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Georgia Supreme Court Overturns Child Cruelty Case Against Justin Ross Harris

The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned Harris's convictions for crimes against his son Cooper. However‚ Harris did not challenge any of his other convictions in his appeal. The Cobb County District Attorney's Office plans to file a motion for reconsideration. During the trial‚ prosecutors did a good job of proving Harris was an unfit father and that he intentionally killed his son. Legal analyst Phil Holloway covered the trial extensively.

ATLANTA (AP)‚ Georgia's top court overturned murder and child cruelty convictions against a Tuscaloosa father who left his toddler in a hot vehicle for hours. The jury found evidence extremely prejudicial. Justin Ross Harris (41)‚ was convicted of eight charges including malice murder for the killing his 22-month old son Cooper. He was sentenced by a judge to life imprisonment without parole and 32 years for other criminal offenses. The Georgia Supreme Court justices all agreed there was enough evidence to support Harris’ convictions. However‚ Chief Justice David Nahmias' majority opinion states that Harris' sexual activities should not have been included and could have improperly influenced the jury. Harris can now be tried again on murder and child cruelty allegations against him‚ as the ruling allows. RELATED:  electronic evidence to be thrown out for a suspect in the death of his son Harris was convicted of three sexual crimes against a girl aged 16 years. Harris did not appeal. The High Court upheld Harris' convictions. Cobb County District Attorney's Office prosecuted this case. A Harris lawyer did not respond to request for comment on Wednesday. The prosecution argued Harris had a bad marriage‚ and that he killed his son in order to get out of his own way. They presented evidence that Harris engaged in extramarital sexual activities‚ which included exchanging explicit sexual messages with girls and sharing graphic photos and even meeting them for sex. According to the majority of 6-3 opinion‚ jury members heard and saw a lot of evidence that was not properly admitted. The majority opinion states that Harris was portrayed by prosecutors as someone who deliberately and maliciously left his child for the summer heat. However‚ the jury also saw substantial evidence which led them to ask a more legal question: What kind of man (Harris). Maddox Kilgore‚ defense attorney‚ holds Cooper Harris' photo in this file photo from 2016. This was taken during the murder trial of Justin Ross Harris. He was charged with intentionally killing Cooper in June 2014. By leaving him in his car. Leanna Taylor‚ Cooper's mom‚ weeps in the Brunswick‚ Georgia courtroom background.

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[AP Photo/John Bazemore} Harris moved to Atlanta from Tuscaloosa in 2012. He told police that he had forgotten to drop off his son at daycare on June 18th 2014. Instead‚ he drove straight to work as a web developer for Home Depot‚ forgetting Cooper was in the car. Cooper was found dead after he sat in his backseat for seven hours outside of his father's suburban Atlanta office. Temperatures that day were at least in the 80s. His defense attorneys said he was a loving father who believed the death of his son to be tragic. Justice Charlie Bethel written a partial dissension that Justice Shawn LaGrua joined Justice Verda Colvin. According to him‚ the state had the right to present detailed evidence about the true sinister motive Harris was accused of. Bethel argued that the trial court was not able to overrule its authority by allowing the challenged evidence. Original article appeared in The Tuscaloosa News in a hot car death case tuscaloosa natives are convicted of murder