The Latest: Jury selection begins in hot SUV death case

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 2:59 PM

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Two potential jurors have been excused after they and others explained scheduling conflicts to a judge overseeing the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

The judge heard from the potential jurors on Monday.

Thirty-five-year-old Justin Ross Harris faces multiple charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day his son died. Police say 22-month-old Cooper died after spending about seven hours in the SUV on a hot day in June 2014.

About a dozen jurors who had asked to be excused were invited to explain their reasons to the judge.

More than 300 potential jurors are expected to be sworn in Tuesday morning. They will fill out a questionnaire and then will be told to come back for further questioning at some point in the next week or so.

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1:50 p.m.

The judge in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die is hearing from potential jurors who say they have a scheduling conflict.

Jury selection in the trial of 35-year-old Justin Ross Harris is expected to stretch into next week. Police say 22-month-old Cooper died after spending about seven hours in the SUV on a hot day in June 2014.

Potential jurors who had asked to be excused were invited to explain their reasons to the judge Monday.

The full jury pool will be sworn in and asked to fill out a questionnaire Tuesday. Lawyers for both sides will ask questions of individual jurors as jury selection continues.

Harris faces multiple charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day his son died.

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7 a.m.

Attorneys are set to begin sorting through potential jurors for the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of 35-year-old Justin Ross Harris. Police say 22-month-old Cooper died after spending about seven hours in the SUV on a hot day in June 2014.

Harris faces multiple charges, including murder, and has been in jail since the day his son died.

Prosecutors have painted Harris as a man unhappy and unfaithful in his marriage who sought an escape and intentionally left the boy to die. Defense attorneys have called the boy's death a tragic mistake that Harris will have to deal with for the rest of his life.

Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.