MARIETTA, GA – Some trials are so sensational, they capture the attention of an entire nation.
O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, and now Justin Harris Ross. If the name isn’t familiar to you yet, the alleged crime probably is.
Ross is charged with murder and second degree child cruelty after leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot car for seven hours.
He claims it was a terrible accident, but shocking new details emerged during a probable cause hearing Thursday.
Ross said he forgot his son was in the car while driving from Chick Fil A – where they had breakfast – to daycare.
Turns out that drive is not exactly a long one. Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified it takes “30 to 40 seconds.”
But possibly the most surprising revelations are about what Ross was doing while his son was alone in the car.
“He was having up to six different conversations with different women, it appeared, from the messages from Kick mostly, which is a messaging service,” Stoddard said, describing the messages as “sexting.”
That’s right. While his toddler son was dying in the parking lot, the married Ross was sending naked pictures to six women, one of whom is 17 years old.
After hours of testimony, the judge ruled there is probable cause and chose not to grant bail.
Looks like Ross is the one in the hot seat now.