The man accused of murder for leaving his son in a closed, hot SUV last month goes to court today. Experts say Justin Ross Harris, 33, will likely ask to go free until his trial.
In a case where police and prosecutors have revealed very little so far, WSB legal analyst Ron Carlson says this probable cause hearing for Justin Ross Harris is an important one.
“They’re going to have to show some of their cards,” Carlson tells WSB’s Pete Combs.
Carlson says one question that may be answered in the hearing:
“I’m very hopeful and believe we’ll hear about the timing of the internet searches” he says.
Both Ross Harris and his wife Leanna say they searched the internet for information on hot car deaths before their son, Cooper, died in that hot SUV. Carlson says the timing could mean everything.
Harris is expected to ask to go free until his trial. Carlson says he has a good chance of success.
“He’s got a good job. He does not have any kind of criminal record,” says Carlson, adding that the court will look very carefully at those two factors.
But prosecutors may have a counter for that, he says.
“This is such a horrendous charge, the possibility of flight by the defendant is very real,” they might argue, according to Carlson.
The hearing begins at 1:30pm.