WATCH LIVE | State rests its case in hot car death trial

After more than 15 days of statements, visuals and testimonies from witnesses, the state rested its case against Ross Harris on Friday.

The state showed three-dimensional animations in court Friday morning that showed the position of Cooper Harris inside the SUV, when it was stopped at a shopping center along Akers Mill Road when police found the child.
 
The scans included the child seat and a representation of the child in the seat. 
 
Defense attorneys compared two separate scans of the interior of the vehicle -- one taken shortly after the death of Cooper Harris in the summer of 2014, and a second scan taken in 2016.
 
They insisted there were differences between the two scans, particularly regarding the placement of the doll representing Cooper within the car seat.
 
The defense will begin to call witness after the lunch recess.
 

Thursday proved to be a hard day for the defense. After the jury returned to the courtroom after viewing the vehicle where little Cooper Harris died, lead defense attorney Maddox Kilgore filed a motion for a mistrial.

Kilgore claimed the jury was unduly biased and that Harris would be denied a fair trial. After hearing arguments from both the defense and prosecution, Judge Mary Staley denied the motion and court resumed.

The jury is expected to witness an actual recreation of that day with 3-D animation created by a prosecution expert using laser technology. The expert explained to jurors on Thursday how the technology works.

After 15 days of statements, visuals and testimonies from witnesses, the state is expected to rest their case on Friday.

Ross Harris faces a number of charges, including malice murder and felony murder in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris. The toddler died of hyperthermia in the back seat of Harris' SUV at an office park in Vinings. The defense claims the incident was a tragic accident. 

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