“That he was needed, that he was liked and that he’s missed each single day,” she stated in an announcement launched by her lawyer Lawrence Zimmerman.
Georgia’s highest court docket dominated 6-3 that proof submitted by prosecutors of Harris’ extramarital sexual relationships — which the state portrayed because the motivation behind his determination to kill his son — had unfair prejudicial affect on the jury.
“As a result of the correctly admitted proof that Appellant maliciously and deliberately left Cooper to die was removed from overwhelming,” the court docket’s opinion stated, “we can not say that it’s extremely possible that the erroneously admitted sexual proof didn’t contribute to the jury’s responsible verdicts.”
Taylor has insisted that Harris didn’t intend to kill their solely baby since that scorching summer season day in June 2014 when he strapped Cooper into his rear-facing automobile seat behind his SUV and left him there for seven hours. That is what she advised police that day — and what she later testified at Harris’ trial.
She nonetheless believes that.
“Whereas this is not going to change something about my day-to-day life, I do hope it exhibits individuals what these closest to the case have been saying from the start,” Taylor stated within the assertion.
“Ross was a loving and proud father to Cooper. On the identical time Ross was being a horrible husband. These two issues can and did exist on the identical time.”
Along with three counts of homicide, Harris was discovered responsible of two counts of cruelty to kids for Cooper’s demise, and responsible of three counts associated to his digital exchanges of lewd materials with a minors.
The Georgia Supreme Court docket solely reversed Harris’ convictions concerning the crimes in opposition to his son. Harris had not challenged the others in his attraction, the ruling stated, they usually stay in place.
Harris was sentenced to 12 years in all on these three costs: Ten years for one rely of try to commit sexual exploitation of a kid, and one yr every for 2 counts of dissemination of dangerous materials to a minor, in response to the court docket’s ruling.
The Cobb County District Lawyer’s Workplace plans to file a movement for the court docket to rethink its ruling, the workplace stated in an announcement, declining additional remark.
CNN has sought remark from Harris’ attorneys.
In June 2014, Harris strapped Cooper into his automobile seat and drove from his household’s dwelling to a close-by Chick-fil-A.
As a substitute of dropping his son off at day care afterward, he went to work, parked and went inside, leaving Cooper strapped within the automobile for the following seven hours.
He stopped by the SUV early that afternoon and left some gentle bulbs he had bought on the entrance passenger seat. However it wasn’t till that afternoon whereas he was driving to a close-by movie show that Harris stated he observed his son was nonetheless within the automobile. He pulled into a shopping mall parking zone, pulling the kid’s physique from the SUV.
Whereas witnesses on the scene stated Harris appeared distraught, Cobb County prosecutors argued at trial he deliberately left Cooper locked inside his automobile that day so he might be freed from household obligations.
The state described Harris as dwelling a “double life.” In a single, Cooper was a loving father and husband to his spouse, household and buddies. However he was additionally engaged in on-line sexual communication with a number of girls — together with two underage women — whereas additionally carrying on extramarital sexual encounters in public.
Protection attorneys countered that Cooper’s demise was a tragic accident brought on by his father’s lapse in reminiscence.
In her assertion, Taylor stated “overreaching” Cobb County prosecutors and “their misuse of energy” in the end led to the excessive court docket determination.
“It has been 8 years since Cooper died and kids have continued to die the identical approach yearly,” she added. “Squandering precious sources prosecuting the mother and father that this occurs to is just not the reply.”
Taylor urged legislators to “put the cash into what may really save the lives” with legal guidelines requiring gadgets that may “cease these tragedies.”
CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.