Father’s trial to begin in hot car death of Georgia toddler

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, right, motions to a image on a laptop on the defendant’s tables to one of his attorneys, T. Bryan Limpkin, as the pre-trial motion hearings continue in Marietta, Ga.  The trial for Harris, accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die is set to begin Monday, April 11, 2016.  Harris is accused of leaving 22-month-old Cooper to die in June 2014. He's been held without bond since then on multiple charges, including murder. His attorneys have called the death a tragic accident.  (Kelly J. Huff/Marietta Daily Journal via AP, Pool)
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, right, motions to a image on a laptop on the defendant’s tables to one of his attorneys, T. Bryan Limpkin, as the pre-trial motion hearings continue in Marietta, Ga. The trial for Harris, accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die is set to begin Monday, April 11, 2016. Harris is accused of leaving 22-month-old Cooper to die in June 2014. He's been held without bond since then on multiple charges, including murder. His attorneys have called the death a tragic accident. (Kelly J. Huff/Marietta Daily Journal via AP, Pool)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – More than two years after a Georgia toddler died after being left for hours inside a hot SUV, the child’s father is scheduled to stand trial for murder.

The trial of Justin Ross Harris is expected to last several weeks in coastal Brunswick, where it was moved 275 miles outside of metro Atlanta because of pretrial publicity. Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper, died in June 2014.

The judge Monday plans to seat a final jury from a pool of 45 people deemed qualified earlier this month. Afterward, attorneys are expected to make opening statements.

Prosecutors have said Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, was unhappy in his marriage and seeking other relationships at the time his son died. Harris’ attorneys say the death was a tragic accident.

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