• Friend of Ross Harris left in disbelief after shocking hearing


    ATLANTA - A friend of the man accused of murdering his 22-month-old son by leaving him in a hot car says the man she knew and the one revealed at last week’s hearing are very different people.

    “By all indications, the Ross I knew is a good guy,” Chris Wilkinson said.

    Wilkinson is a friend of Ross Harris’ from his hometown in Alabama. She said they have kept in touch since Harris moved to Georgia over the phone and on Facebook.

    “I did run into him and Cooper one time at a University of Alabama football game. I guess Cooper was about a year old,” Wilkinson said.

    Wilkinson said she never met Harris’ wife, Leanna.

    During last week’s hearing, investigators portrayed Harris as leading a double life -- sexting women, and an underage girl, while at work as his son, Cooper, died in his SUV parked outside. Wilkinson said the hearing left her in disbelief.

    “I really don’t know what to say about it, or can’t really explain it to you because it disconnects with the Ross I know,” Wilkinson said.

    Even as a friend, she said her opinion of the man she knew as a loving father has changed.

    “I hope that we hear something else later on that gives an explanation for all this, but the way it’s stacking up, I’d be an idiot to say that I thought it was an accident,” Wilkinson said.

    Meanwhile, prosecutors and investigators are working to build their case to take to a grand jury within 90 days. They met several times Wednesday to talk about the case.

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