A Cobb County father accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a hot SUV is manking a crucial court appearance on Thursday.
Cooper Harris, 22-months-old, died in June after spending hours in the SUV.
Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt said prosecutors will talk about why Justin Ross Harris should face a trial for murder, while defense attorneys try to convince a judge to release him on bond at Thursday’s probable cause hearing.
Defense attorney Kim Keheley Frye isn’t directly involved in the Harris case, but has been following it. She said since Harris doesn’t have a significant criminal record, nor appears to be a threat to commit a similar crime, he’d normally be eligible for a bond.
But this isn’t a normal case.
The toddler’s father was arrested on murder charges for initially what appeared to be a tragic accident, which inflamed passionate backlash against police and prosecutors.
Frye said prosecutors may release more details about why Cooper’s death is indeed murder.
“I would expect that they’re going to want to do more in anticipation of the backlash they’ve gotten from arresting Mr. Harris,” Frye said.
Harris’ defense attorney Maddox Kilgore has issued several subpoenas for the hearing. Likely, friends, family or co-workers will testify to what amounts to the second half of the hearing – the bond hearing.
“There may be more witnesses for that. Typically, the defense will put on witnesses during the bond hearing to support the person’s good character and the fact that he won’t commit further crime, so he would be permitted a bond,” Frye said.