Parents say they feel ‘vindicated’ after Georgia Supreme Court overturns son’s conviction

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Georgia’s Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a Georgia father after he was accused of intentionally leaving his infant son in a hot car.

Ross Harris was convicted of the murder of 22-month-old Cooper Harris in 2016. Harris left his son in the backseat of his car outside his office for hours in 2014, resulting in the child’s death from hyperthermia.

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Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon has spoken to his parents who say they believe that one day soon he will be free.

“We cried a lot and we’re right over the moon,” Evelyn Harris said.

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In our exclusive interview, Ross Harris’ parents told me it was a day they were praying for, after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned their son’s conviction.

“When it happened for us, we were so excited. Overjoyed. Just look to the future to bring it home,” Reggie Harris said.

Evelyn and Reggie Harris spoke to me on the phone from their home in Alabama.

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They say they believed from the start that their son Ross did not intentionally let their grandson Cooper die in a hot car.

“I don’t think he’s innocent. I know he is innocent. I know how much he loved his son. And he was so proud of himself, and he thought he was the only man alive who ever had a baby,” Evelyn said.

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But in 2016, a jury found Harris guilty of murder.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that evidence of Harris’ extramarital affairs, including lewd exchanges with minors, should not have been allowed in his trial.

“We felt like the court should have severed the charges and we’ve been saying that for eight years. And now the Supreme Court, they agreed exactly with everything we thought,” Reggie said.

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The Harris family believe a new documentary about the case called “Fatal Distraction,” which featured a strong defense of Harris, may have had an impact on the court’s decision.

Channel 2 spoke with the filmmaker in California.

“I will try to hold back my emotion now. It’s a wonderful, wonderful day for us. Really really. It was a tough fight,” said Susan Morgan Cooper.

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But the Supreme Court upheld Harris’ conviction for sex crimes involving a 16-year-old girl, meaning he will remain in jail, at least for now.

“I hope they let him come home,” Evelyn said.

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