GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. - Jury selection has begun for the trial of a Cobb County father accused of intentionally leaving his child in a hot car. A judge moved the trial from Cobb County to Glynn County earlier this year.
Legal experts believe potential jurors on the other side of the state may not have heard about Ross Harris and the case against him. The many miles and media markets between the county where Cooper Harris died and the trial should blunt the emotion of the trial.
It took most of Monday morning to process jurors through the courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia.
Attorneys are hearing hardship cases from 35 of the 200 perspective jurors who believe they have a good excuse not to serve on the jury.
Legal experts said that even though the demographics of Cobb and Glynn counties are similar, the juror pool will be different.
"You probably don't have as many people who are inflamed about what happened in their own backyard as you would in a different community," attorney Esther Panitch said.
"Folks in Cobb County not only heard about it on social media, but they were perhaps driving home when police were investigating this and the news cameras were all over the place so they may have some personal interaction with this story that the folks in Brunswick just don't have," attorney Ashleigh Merchant said.
Some jurors said they had heard about the case. Others said they had formed an opinion, but would be able to set it aside and listen to the evidence.
Attorneys believe it will take two weeks to find a jury.
Testimony in the trial should begin early next month.
In August, a judge ruled psychiatric experts who planned to testify in his defense can not give their opinions on whether Harris intentionally meant to kill Cooper.
The judge also allowed prosecutors to bring Harris' SUV to the courthouse although it is not yet clear how jurors will get to interact with it.
Cobb Sheriff's deputies moved Harris from Cobb jail, where he's been since his arrest to Glynn County on Thursday. He appeared in a courtroom outside of Cobb County for the first time Monday.
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