ATLANTA, June 22 (Reuters) – The Georgia Supreme Court docket on Wednesday overturned the homicide conviction of a person accused of killing his 22-month-old son by leaving him in a sweltering sport utility car as a result of he needed a child-free life.
The courtroom, in a 6-3 resolution, dominated that proof of Justin Ross Harris’s affairs shouldn’t have been admitted and should have unfairly swayed the jury in its 2016 resolution.
Georgia Supreme Court docket Chief Justice David E. Nahmias reversed the convictions of homicide and first-degree baby cruelty within the case that had drawn worldwide consideration. Harris, 41, had been sentenced to life in jail with out parole, plus 32 years.
It’s now as much as Cobb County District Legal professional Flynn Broady, Jr. to resolve whether or not to pursue a brand new trial. A spokesperson for the district legal professional was not instantly accessible for remark.
Harris stays in jail on a 12-year conviction for exchanging lewd textual content messages and pictures with an underage woman.
Harris had instructed police he forgot to drop his son Cooper off at day care and drove to work at Residence Depot places of work with out remembering that Cooper was nonetheless in his automobile seat in June 2014.
Protection attorneys described him as a doting father and mentioned the loss of life was an accident.
Prosecutors argued that Harris was unhappily married and killed his son to free himself.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Modifying by Donna Bryson and Invoice Berkrot