MARIETTA, Ga. – A judge declined a request from an attorney for a Georgia man accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a hot vehicle to bar certain statements his client made to police.
Maddox Kilgore, an attorney for Justin Ross Harris, argued in a pretrial hearing Tuesday that the statements shouldn't be allowed because officers violated his client's constitutional rights.
Harris faces charges including murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Attorneys for Harris have said the child's death was a tragic accident.
The judge ruled that some statements were gathered during the on-scene investigation and therefore didn't require the reading of his rights. The other statements were not solicited by officers, so they are admissible even though they were made after he'd invoked his rights.