Georgia judge dismisses murder and child cruelty charges in child’s car death
Murder and child cruelty charges have been dismissed against a man whose toddler died in a burning car nine years ago, according to a Georgia judge’s order signed on Thursday.
Justin Ross Harris, 42, was convicted in November 2016 of eight counts, including malicious murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. A judge sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole and an additional 32 years in prison for other crimes.
In November, the Georgia Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to overturn his murder and child cruelty convictions, saying the jury had seen “extremely and unfairly prejudicial” evidence.
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The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, said in a statement that while it disagrees with the decision, the state no longer has access to crucial mobile evidence. following it. Therefore, prosecutors decided not to try Harris again on the reverse counts.
The high court upheld Harris’s convictions for three sex crimes committed against a 16-year-old girl which Harris had not appealed. He received a total of 12 years in prison for those crimes, and he will continue to serve that sentence, the district attorney’s office said.