Man in Georgia hot car death case wants hearings closed to media

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Cooper Harris (Left) died after being left in a vehicle by his father Justin Ross Harris (Right). Harris faces murder charges in the case.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge is set to hear arguments on whether the news media should be barred from the courtroom during pretrial hearings for a Georgia man accused of killing his son by leaving him in a vehicle on a hot day.

A hearing on pretrial motions in the case of Justin Ross Harris, originally from Tuscaloosa, will begin Monday.

Before taking up other motions, the judge will hear arguments on a request from Harris’ lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.

The Associated Press and several other media organizations have filed a motion opposing that request.

Cooper Harris

Cooper Harris

Harris faces charges, including murder, after police say he left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in his SUV in June 2014. Cooper is buried in Tuscaloosa, the family’s home town.

Attorneys for Harris have said the child’s death was a tragic accident.

Prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty in this case.cooper justin

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