Harris' defense attorney is objecting to line of questioning about sexting.
After his son died, Justin Ross Harris made comments indicating he felt the death was all about him, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. This included: "I can't believe this is happening to me," and "I'll be charged with a felony," according to Stoddard. Harris also talked about losing his job, Stoddard said.
Defense attorney objecting, saying that questions from prosecutor about Harris' marriage and his "fantasy life" are not relevant to Cooper's death.
Justin Ross Harris had computer conversations with women on or before the day his son died -- exchanges that included Harris sending explicit photos of himself, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. His wife also told police the couple were having "intimacy problems," Stoddard said. A prosecutor tells the judge this information goes to motive.
The judge overrules the defense's objections about questions regarding Harris' alleged online correspondence with people not his wife.
Justin Ross Harris and his wife indicated through messages to each other that they had financial problems, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. The wife complained about purchases he made, Stoddard testified.
Justin Ross Harris visited a Reddit subreddit page called "child free" and read four articles there, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. He also did an Internet search on how to survive in prison, Stoddard said.
Evidence suggests Justin Ross Harris has a "second life" with alternate personalities and personas, which would make him a flight risk because it would make him harder to keep track of, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing.
Before he left work on the afternoon his son died in a hot vehicle, Justin Ross Harris contacted friends with whom he was supposed to see a 5 p.m. movie and told them he'd be late, Cobb County police Detective Phil Stoddard testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. But Harris left work at 4:16 p.m. -- plenty of time to get to the movie theater, which is less than a 10-minute drive away, Stoddard testified.
Leanna Harris is still attentive during this questioning. She is
chewing gum as she sits through the probable cause hearing.
At Justin Ross Harris' probable cause hearing, his attorney asked Cobb County police Detective Phil Stoddard whether he knew Harris is "completely deaf in his right ear." Stoddard said he didn't know that.
Justin Ross Harris told his wife in an interview room that his son looked "peaceful" and his eyes were closed when he removed him from the vehicle, Detective Phil Stoddard testified at a probable cause hearing Thursday. Harris said, ''I dreaded how he would look,'" Stoddard said, emphasizing Harris said "dreaded" in the past tense. The detective said Cooper Harris' eyes and mouth were not closed.
Justin Harris and his wife Leanna took turns taking their son to daycare, Stoddard testified.
The defense called Leonard Madden to testify. Madden told WXIA after the incident that "there's no way it would have been intentional."
Madden is one of a few witnesses being called to the stand by the defense over probable cause.
Justin Ross Harris was yelling, screaming and crying as his son's body lie outside his vehicle on the afternoon of June 18, witness Leonard Madden told Harris' attorney during Harris' probable cause hearing. Harris said: "Oh my God, oh my God, my son is dead." Madden testified that he hadn't met Harris before that day.
The defense has called its next witness.
James Alex Hall is on the stand. He works with Harris at Home Depot.
One interesting tidbit earlier in Madden's testimony: Justin Ross Harris performed CPR on his child, Madden testified at Harris' probable cause hearing. Previously, Cobb County police Detective Phil Stoddard testified that a witness had performed CPR, and that Harris went to the other side of the vehicle and made a phone call.
Witness James Alex Hall said Justin Ross Harris regularly talked about how he loved his son.
James Alex Hall said he had no idea that Harris might have been involved in sexting activity.
One of the people that Justin Ross Harris lunched with on June 18, James Alex Hall, testified at Harris' probable cause hearing Thursday that he didn't see any abnormal behavior from Harris that day. "I would say normal as you could be. Nothing stuck out. Nothing was weird," Hall said.
The judge conducting Justin Ross Harris' probable cause hearing has called a brief break in the proceedings.
The proceedings have resumed and another defense witness has been called to the stand.
Winston Rowell Milling said he and Harris talked about movies and nothing particularly different. He too said Harris was proud of his son. Was the relationship loving? "As far as I can tell, yes," he said.
Milling said Harris is deaf in one ear or "mostly deaf."
Maddox Kilgore, the defense attorney, said the court hasn'tt heard any evidence "this was intentional" there's no evidence Ross was aware the child was in the car, he said. He cites other cases to buttress his position.
Harris' wife Leanna is attentive during the long hearing. She is still holding hands
with those sitting next to her.
"It's not criminal negligence. It's a horrible tragedy and an accident," defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said at Justin Ross Harris' probable cause hearing in Marietta, Georgia.
Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore asks the chief magistrate to dismiss the warrant. "they don't have and haven't presented to this court the evidence ..."
The assistant district attorney says the "evidence is overwhelming" against Harris and cites a court case to buttress his position.
ADA Boring: "we believe the evidence has shown this is intentional" and asks the judge to hold over the defendant. "I don't even believe it's a close decision."
Chief Magistrate Frank Cox: The court is persuaded that "at the very minimum" there's reckless disregard for the safety of others and he says there is "probable cause"