Jury selection begins Monday in Brunswick ahead of hot car death trial

Jason Rantala reports. 9/9/2016

BRUNSWICK, Ga.—A high-profile case from Atlanta with nationwide interest gets underway next week in Brunswick.

Ross Harris is charged with murder for allegedly leaving his 22-month-old son intentionally in an SUV to die in the heat two years ago.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday.

The Cobb County father has been sitting in the Glynn County Jail since Thursday.

Ross Harris' trial was moved more than 300 miles away, from Cobb County near Atlanta to the Glynn County Courthouse, after a judge ruled there was no way to find an impartial panel in the Atlanta-area.

Despite the extra attention on Brunswick in the coming weeks, Glynn County Chief Deputy Clerk Maria Jacobs tells me nothing will be handled differently than any other death penalty procedures that have happened in town.

Jacobs says they're expecting around 70 media members in town.

"It's going to be crazy but you know but I hope everything will be fine," says Jorge Franco from St. Simons Island.

Steven Foster from Brunswick says he still can't believe what happened to such a young child.

"I probably, honestly think he should be punished probably to the fullest extent, that's what I really honestly believe," says Foster.

Shauntae Walker, who lives in Atlanta, hopes something good comes out of this bad situation.

"I really pray that what comes out of this situation becomes awareness to other parents to just be mindful, when you get in the car, when you get out of the car, make sure you check the backseat," says Walker.

After the jury is seated, the prosecution is expected to take four weeks to present its case. The defense is expected to take one to two weeks. The trial will likely last until the beginning of November.

(© 2016 WTLV)


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