Father guilty of murder in hot car death of toddler in GA

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, left, listens to jury selection during his murder trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. Harris, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. He's also charged with sending graphic, sexual text messages and photos to a girl for a period of several months when she was 16 and 17. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, left, listens to jury selection during his murder trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. Harris, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. He's also charged with sending graphic, sexual text messages and photos to a girl for a period of several months when she was 16 and 17. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

BRUNSWICK, GA (AP) – A Georgia father has been found guilty of murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son who perished after being left in a hot car.

A jury reached its verdict Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris. The former Home Depot web developer’s 22-month-old son, Cooper, died after Harris left the boy in his SUV while he was at work June 18, 2014.

Harris was charged with malice murder after investigators concluded he left his child to die on purpose. They also charged him with felony murder, which does not require proof of intent to kill. He was found guilty of both murder charges.

Defense attorneys said the boy’s death was a tragic accident.

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