Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, told police he forgot to take the boy to daycare.
After deliberating for three hours Tuesday - and then knocking off early so they could vote - the jurors in the Justin Ross Harris murder case will have their first full day of deliberations today.
Prosecutor Chuck Boring told jurors Monday morning that Justin Ross Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, to "suffer an unimaginable, awful death" in June 2014. Boring went through the eight charges Harris faces, including the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark adjourned court to give members of the panel time to cast Election Day ballots.
Jurors began the day Wednesday by re-watching Harris' interview with police. Court documents state that Harris allegedly researched child deaths in hot cars before Cooper's death. But a prosecutor called Harris a murderer with a "malignant heart" who killed his child to escape his family commitments as he sank deeper into a double life of sexual flirting and affairs with women he met online. Harris appeared emotional after that video was played.
Brewer testified about the type of distractions Harris could have had the day Cooper died in the hot auto. The defense ridiculed those statements at trial. "These are all the bad parts of the state's case against Ross", she said.
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Closing arguments began just before 9 a.m. Monday. While Harris is charged with malice murder, which requires prosecutors to prove he meant to kill his son, he's also charged with felony murder. Cobb County detectives said on the stand there's no longer an active investigation into Taylor's role in the alleged crime.
Boring said he drove off immediately because he knew that his deceased son was in his child safety seat next to him. They countered that Harris, 35, didn't need to abandon his life as a father because he was already pursuing relationships outside of his marriage, and they argued Cooper's death was a "tragic accident brought about by a lapse in memory".
Count 3: Felony Murder - Prosecutors said counts 3 and 5 go together.
"As much as we may not want to believe people are capable of this kind of evil, that's what the facts show in this case", Boring said. "He showed exactly who he is", Boring said.
The other item requested was the doll used to represent Cooper Harris in the auto seat.
Jurors heard about five hours of closing arguments on Monday. The defense did not talk about this count in closing argument, except to say if jurors find Harris guilty of counts 6 through 8, Harris will "reap the whirlwind".