Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in an emailed statement that he won’t seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris
- Cooper Harris died after his father Ross left him in the family car in 80 degree temperatures for seven hours
- Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his son behind
- But prosecutors have decided not to pursue the death penalty
A Georgia man accused of leaving his toddler son to die inside a hot car will not face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in an emailed statement that he won’t seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris after reviewing the state’s death penalty statute and other factors. He declined to elaborate. Police have said the 22-month-old Cooper Harris was left in the vehicle for about seven hours on a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached at least into the high 80s. The medical examiner’s office has said the boy died of hyperthermia — essentially overheating — and called his death a homicide.
Harris’ attorney Maddox Kilgore did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Harris faces multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates prosecutors intend to prove Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son Cooper to die in the hot car. The eight-count indictment also includes charges related to sexually explicit exchanges prosecutors say Harris had with an underage girl.