GEORGIA (WJBF) -The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a murder conviction in the case of Justin Ross Harris. Harris was sentenced to life without parole in prison for the 2014 hot car death of his son Cooper.
According to the Georgia Supreme Court website, some of the evidence submitted during Harris’ trial, showed him to be “a philanderer, a pervert, and a sexual predator.”
The court decided that the abundance of sexually explicit evidence has little to do with proving if Harris did intentionally leave Cooper in the hot car.
Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, died on June 18, 2014, when Harris left him inside his SUV outside his office for nearly seven hours.
Prosecutors argued that it was intentional. They said Harris was living a double life and wanted to escape his family life to be “the other Justin Ross Harris.”
During trial, they brought in multiple women who were sexting with Harris on the day of Cooper’s death, including a minor and a woman Harris claimed to love.
Prosecutors said Harris wanted to live that life full time, but wouldn’t leave his wife as long as his son was alive.
Timeline of Events in Harris’ Case:
2/16 – Mother of Georgia boy who died in hot car files for divorce
3/16 – Father Facing New Charges After Hot Car Death Accusations
5/16 – Judge Agrees to Move Trial for Dad in Toddler Hot SUV Death
11/16 – Justin Ross Harris found guilty of murder in son’s hot car death
12/16 – GA: Justin Ross Harris sentenced in son’s death in hot SUV
2/17 – GA dad didn’t mean to kill toddler in hot car says ex-wife
5/20 – Hearing set for Georgia man guilty in hot car death of son
The State of Georgia may elect to try Harris again.