Jury seated in Georgia hot car death trial

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) – A jury evenly split between men and women will hear the murder trial of a Georgia man charged after his toddler son died while left in a hot SUV.

The trial of Justin Ross Harris opened Monday with the seating of 16 jurors – eight men and eight women. Four will serve as alternate jurors, though the judge did not specify which ones.

Prosecutors say Harris intentionally killed his 22-month-old son, Cooper, by leaving him for hours in a vehicle parked outside the father’s metro Atlanta workplace in June 2014. The case drew national attention after prosecutors accused Harris of exchanging lewd text messages while his son sweltered.

Attorneys for Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, say the death was a tragic accident.

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