New location set for trial of dad in toddler’s hot SUV death

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ATLANTA (AP) – The trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be held in the coastal city of Brunswick starting Sept. 12.

Cobb County officials announced the details Thursday. Superior Court Judge Mary Staley ruled last month that three weeks of jury selection made it clear Justin Ross Harris’ trial should move away from the suburban Atlanta county where his 22-month-old son Cooper died.

Harris, 35, faces charges including murder. Police have said the boy died after spending about seven hours in the SUV on June 18, 2014, when Atlanta-area temperatures soared at least into the high 80s.

Defense attorneys had argued extensive pretrial publicity had resulted in an “atmosphere of hostility.” Prosecutors argued the request to move the trial was a defense strategy.

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