Jurors noticeably uncomfortable as photos of child killed in hot car are shown

Jurors see video and pictures of toddler's body

For the first time since the trial began, jurors were shown photos of Cooper Harris, the 22-month-old killed in a hot car back in June of 2014.

Cobb County Crime Scene Technician Brad Shumpert was called to the stand to detail what he observed at the Akers Mill shopping center parking lot. By the time Shumpert arrived, Ross Harris, Cooper's father, had already been detained. 

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The technician said he noticed some scratches on Cooper's face and noted he was wearing a little shirt that had bicycles on it and little tennis shoes. The child’s skin was pale and rigor mortis had already happened.

"I would describe the smell as you know hot, musty, urine soaked diaper," Shumpert said. "You know, if you leave a diaper in a car all day long in the heat. It’s a noticeable smell to me." 

VIDEO | Technician describes Cooper Harris at hot car death scene

Several jurors were visibly upset seeing the photos and video of the 22-month-old's body at the scene. One female juror teared up while several others covered their mouths. 

11Alive's Duffie Dixon noticed almost every one of the jury members began shifting around in their seats as the first photos of Cooper appeared on television screen. 

During this time, Harris averted his eyes as jurors watched video of crime scene technicians removing the white sheet which covered Cooper's body. 

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The trial is on hold until Monday, Oct. 10 due to Hurricane Matthew. Judge Mary Clark made the decision after seeing projections showing the storm hitting Brunswick, Ga. 

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners has called for a voluntary evacuation for the St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island, low lying areas, and mobile homes that is effective immediately.

The effects of Hurricane Matthew are expected to be felt in the county beginning Thursday night.

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