Homicide

Judge to decide whether news media will be barred from pretrial hearings in hot car death case

A judge is set to hear arguments on whether the news media should be barred 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 will begin Monday.

Before taking up other motions, the judge will hear arguments on a request from Harris' lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.

The Associated Press and several other media organizations have filed a motion opposing that request.

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.