Justin Ross Harris Wants Murder Charge Dropped in Case of His Toddler's Death

Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of murdering his 22-month-old son, Cooper, by leaving him in a hot car, will be facing trial next year, but his lawyers are hoping to make the most serious charges go away.

Justin Ross Harris Won't Face the Death Penalty for Fatally Leaving Son in Hot Car

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris, who is accused of killing his 22-month-old son, Cooper, by leaving him in a hot car for several hours in June.

“After reviewing Georgia’s death penalty statute and considering other factors, the State will not seek the death penalty in this case at this time,” District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in a statement. “I cannot and will not elaborate at this juncture of the case.”

Justin Ross Harris's Wife Calls Him a 'Wonderful Father'

Leanna Harris is standing by her husband.

Ever since Justin “Ross” Harris was charged with murder after leaving their 22-month old son, Cooper, in a hot car, questions have swirled around Leanna, his wife of eight years. In a July 3 probable cause hearing, Detective Phil Stoddard testified about a bizarre jailhouse conversation between Ross and Leanna Harris. According to Stoddard, Leanna asked him, “Did you say too much?”

Justin Ross Harris's Wife 'Is Living Every Parent's Nightmare'

There are many unanswered questions in the case of Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia man who was arrested for killing his 22-month-old son, Cooper, by leaving him in a hot car.

Justin Ross Harris Fired from Home Depot and More Updates in His Murder Case

The father charged in the hot-car death of his son has been terminated from his job at Home Depot, PEOPLE has learned.

On Friday, a company spokeswoman confirmed that Harris no longer works for the company, but declined to answer when he had been terminated. Since his arrest, he had been on leave without pay. Justin Ross Harris, 33, held an entry-level position as a web developer. In an online forum on Reddit, he claimed to make $61,200 per year.

Friends Weigh In on the Troubling Double Life of Justin Ross Harris

Justin Ross Harris Told Family How to Collect Life Insurance, Say Search Warrants

Justin Ross Harris sat in jail, accused of killing his 22-month-old son Cooper by leaving him in a hot car. But, according to search warrants, he was concerned about collecting $27,000 in life insurance on the boy.

“Through the investigation, Harris has made comments to family members regarding a life insurance policy that he has on Cooper and what they need to do in order to file for it,” says a June 24 search warrant obtained by PEOPLE.

Cops: Justin Ross Harris 'Sexted' Six Women While His Son, 22 Months, Died in Hot Car

On the surface, the case of Justin Ross Harris seems like every parent’s nightmare: A forgetful dad doesn’t remember to drop off his toddler at day care, accidentally leaving him strapped in a sweltering car during 90-degree weather. When he returns to the car seven hours later, he finds his son dead.

But now police are alleging that the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris was not an oversight at all, but an act of murder.

Police: Ross Harris Researched Child Deaths Online Before His Son Died in Hot Car

The mother of a 22-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car said at his funeral Saturday that she doesn’t blame her husband, Justin Ross Harris – despite Harris telling police that he’d been researching child deaths in cars in the days leading up to his son Cooper’s death.

Police Respond to Reports Surrounding Death of Toddler in Hot Car

Police investigating the death of a 22-month-old boy, whose father left him strapped in a hot car for seven hours in Marietta, Georgia, are frustrated with rumors circulating around the case.