Eight more jurors added in Ross Harris trial
Apr 19, 2016 06:23 AM EDT
After a weekend layoff, lawyers resumed interrogating jurors for the Justine Ross Harris murder trial. Eight more jurors were qualified to serve, which now sums up to 16 in total.
According to Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ross Harris was accused of deliberately leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot car to die. Ross is indicted for malice murder, criminal attempt to commit a felony, cruelty in the first and second degree, dissemination of harmful materials to minors, and two counts of felony murder.
Police officers believe that Harris intentionally left his son strapped in a car seat for seven hours in a 90-degree heat while working at his technology job at a Home Depot corporate office. Some Investigators claimed that he was unhappy in his marriage and wanted to have a child-free lifestyle.
Maddox Kilgore, Ross' defense lawyer, attempts to lighten the mood of the trial when the first juror brought in for questioning. Meanwhile, prosecuting lawyer Chuck Boring asked more detailed questions. Both sides got two opportunities to raise questions they think are essential to the case, reports WTVM.
One of the potential jurors said he is generally a "very fair person," while another man said he usually look into someone's eyes to tell if they are being untruthful.
Almost two dozen of the original pool of 250 prospective jurors have been questioned and evaluated in depth, which include another eight on Monday. The judges overseeing the case have qualified 16 individuals to serve on the jury, although it is not nearly enough.
The death of Cooper has generated many news stories over the past two years. The defense lawyer of Harris is trying to make sure that potential jurors haven't formed any opinions from watching them.
WSB TV reported that some of the questions thrown at the potential jurors revolved around pornography and dating apps. One legal analyst says that the interview and the selection of the jury could take weeks.
The selection of juries will continue on Tuesday morning.