The Latest: Hot car death jury breaking for long weekend

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Posted: Nov 10, 2016 5:05 PM

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

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5 p.m.

A jury weighing murder charges against a Georgia man whose toddler son died in a hot car has adjourned for a long weekend.

Jurors in the trial of Justin Ross Harris ended their third day of deliberations Thursday without reaching a verdict. Harris is charged with murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died after being left for hours in the back seat of his father's SUV.

Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark ordered the jury to resume its deliberations Monday morning. The courthouse will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.

Prosecutors say Harris, who moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012, intentionally killed his son. Defense attorneys say Harris loved his son and that the death was a tragic accident.

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2:30 p.m.

Jurors weighing murder charges against a Georgia man whose toddler son died in a hot car have taken a second look at surveillance video showing the father return to his vehicle, hours after he left the child inside.

The jury returned to the courtroom Thursday during its third day of deliberations to watch the short video. It shows Justin Ross Harris return to his SUV during his lunch break, open the door and toss a bag containing lightbulbs inside. He then walks away.

Harris left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in the vehicle when he arrived at work the morning of June 18, 2014. He told police he forgot to drop the child off at day care and drove straight to work.

Prosecutors say Harris intentionally killed his son. Defense attorneys say Harris loved his son and that the death was a tragic accident.

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9:30 a.m.

Jury deliberations have resumed for a third day in the murder trial of a Georgia man whose toddler son died after being left for hours in a hot car.

Jurors returned to a county courthouse in the coastal city of Brunswick on Thursday morning to continue weighing the case against Justin Ross Harris. The Atlanta-area web developer moved to Georgia from Alabama in 2012. He was charged with murder after his 22-month-old son, Cooper, died in June 2014.

Harris told police he forgot to take the boy to day care and unknowingly left the child in the back of his SUV outside his workplace. But prosecutors say Harris intentionally killed his son to escape his family responsibilities at a time he was pursuing sexual affairs outside his marriage.

The jury has been deliberating since Tuesday.