The Latest: Few jurors being excused in hot-car death case

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Posted: Sep 12, 2016 1:14 PM

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Georgia man charged with murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

People claiming hardships are having a tough time getting dismissed from jury duty in the trial of a metro Atlanta man charged with murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV.

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris, with the judge and attorneys questioning 35 possible jurors who asked to be excused. Out of six people questioned before lunch, just one was dismissed altogether: a man claiming he had excruciating back pain.

Those who might still get picked include a father-to-be expecting his child to be born this week, a man whose daughter is getting married this weekend and a doctor who works in a rural emergency room. They all got time off, but must return to the courthouse before jury selection is finished.

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9:45 a.m.

Dozens of people are reporting for jury duty in the trial of a metro Atlanta man charged with murder after his toddler son died in the back seat of a hot SUV.

Jury selection was to begin Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris. At the Glynn County courthouse in Brunswick, more than 80 potential jurors stood in a slow-moving line stretching from the front door and up a flight of stairs to a second-floor jury room. The total size of the jury pool was not known.

Harris, who moved to Georgia in 2012 from Alabama, is charged with killing his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in June 2014. A Cobb County judge moved the trial 275 miles to coastal Georgia after scrapping efforts to seat an impartial jury in May, citing pre-trial publicity.

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8 a.m.

A second attempt at jury selection will begin in the trial of a metro Atlanta man charged with murder after his toddler son died in the back seat of a hot SUV.

Proceedings are scheduled to begin Monday in coastal Glynn County, about 275 miles from where Justin Ross Harris' 22-month-old son, Cooper, died in June 2014. A Cobb County judge moved the trial after scrapping efforts to seat an impartial jury in May, citing pre-trial publicity surrounding the case.

Harris, who moved to Georgia in 2012 from Alabama, is charged with murder. Prosecutors say he intentionally left his son to die at a time when Harris was unhappy in his marriage and looking for relationships with other women. Defense attorneys say the death was a tragic accident.