Justin Ross Harris, who may have deliberately left his 22 month old son to die in a hot car was indicted by a grand jury today in a Cobb County courtroom on eight charges. Harris will be tried for malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st and 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit a felony and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.
According to the Bill of Indictment, the reason for the two felony murder charges has to do with the cruelty to children charges, one is for first degree cruelty to children and the second is for second degree cruelty to children charges. The two charges of dissemination of harmful material to minors results from the fact that Harris was sexting multiple women from work at the time his child was dying in the parking lot of his office. One of the sexting partners was underage. One count is for the sexual content of the conversation and the other was for sending her a dick pic.
The local Atlanta CBS46 affiliate reports:
The district attorney also said that it was unclear whether or not the investigation would lead to someone else.
“The evidence in this case has led us to this point today,” Reynolds said. “Whether or not it leads us to anyone else remains to be answered.”
In response, the attorney for Harris’ wife, who has not been charged, sent CBS46 the following statement:
“I am surprised that the District Attorney is still contemplating after almost three months of reviewing the evidence whether or not to charge my client, if that is who he was referring to in his press conference. By now, I would think they would have been able to make a final decision and clear her from any wrongdoing.”
A decision on whether the death penalty will be pursued is expected to occur before the arraignment which will be scheduled within three weeks.
Should Harris get the death penalty? Do you think the wife will be charged?