Judge in hot car death case allows news media in hearings

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Posted: Sep 14, 2015 2:06 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge won't bar the news media 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 began Monday. Most of the morning was spent on a request from Harris' lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.

Lawyers for The Associated Press and several other media organizations argued against that request.

The judge sided with the media organizations.

Harris faces charges, including murder, after police say he left his 22-month-old son in his SUV in June 2014.

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