BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge has excused 13 people from jury duty in the trial of a metro Atlanta man charged with murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV.
There were 34 potential jurors who asked to be dismissed because of hardships Monday as jury selection began in the trial of Justin Ross Harris.
Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark mostly chose to excuse panelists with painful health conditions or those who had booked vacations that conflict with the trial.
Harris, who moved to Georgia in 2012 from Alabama, is charged with murder. Prosecutors say he intentionally left his son, Cooper, to die at a time when Harris was unhappy in his marriage and looking for relationships with other women. Defense attorneys say the death was a tragic accident.