Day 14 began with the continued testimony of the lead detective. But he finally finished after four days!
46. Det. Phil Stoddard, Cobb County Police Department, lead detective in the case
Stoddard was back on the stand to continue his cross examination begun on Tuesday. He was questioned about Leanna, Harris’s ex-wife. While police investigated her for possible involvement, she was never charged. The point the defense seemed to make was that the police were wrong then in thinking she may have been involved in Cooper’s death and they’re wrong now in believing this was a malice murder by Ross Harris. (They apparently still believe her demeanor at the time to be suspicious.) Harris showed emotion once he learned he was being arrested. Stoddard said Harris also complained about the jail cell’s hard cot and metal toilet.
47. David Raissi, Detective, Cobb County Police Department
Raissi was at the scene and later started to secretly record Harris once Harris learned he was being charged and was argumentative. Raissi thought it odd that Harris brought up that there was a lack of “malicious intent.” (That’s when the recording started.)
48. Walter Pineda, enhanced video of Harris’s SUV in the parking lot
Pineda explained how he enhanced the video of the Home Depot parking lot that shows Harris returning to his car after lunch. It appears that Harris’s head remained outside the SUV—above the roof line–the entire time. (NOTE: If true, then this could explain why Harris didn’t see Cooper in the car seat.)
14. Carey Grimstead, Detective, Cobb County Police Department (recalled)
Grimstead first testified on October 12, day 4, of the trial. He was recalled in anticipation of the next step in the trial which is a jury view of Harris’s SUV with Cooper’s car seat. He testified to the position of the car seat in the vehicle. A doll the same size as Cooper was placed in the seat.
Day 14 ended with Grinstead’s testimony. Thursday began with the much-litigated jury view of the SUV.
October 27–Day 15
Jury View of the SUV and Car Seat
At the outset of today (Wednesday), jurors left the courtroom to view Harris’s SUV which was brought to Brunswick, GA. Cooper’s car seat was in it as well. Jurors were permitted to look only; not touch the vehicle. They were allowed to circle the car two times then view it for five more minutes. Harris opted not to be present for this jury view.
After the jury view, defense attorney Maddox Kilgore made a motion for a mistrial arguing that the jury view was a recreation and that it did not replicate the conditions on the day Cooper died. Jurors are of various heights so none could see exactly what Harris saw that day (when he dropped off the light bulbs while his son was dying in the car seat). The judge disagreed and said the jury view was not a recreation. She denied the motion and the next witness was called.
49. Angela Cornett, sexted with Harris
Yet another woman with whom Harris exchanged sexual texts and posts via the Scout and Kik apps took the stand. “He told me he wanted to sleep with as many women as possible in his life time.” She is the sixth woman to testify about sexual exchanges with Harris. (NOTE: One of the reasons a witness like Cornett could be called in the middle of the crime scene and SUV/car seat testimony is scheduling. Since witnesses have to take time off from work and travel to Brunswick, it’s possible this was the day she could make it to court. Then, again, it could be strategy on the part of the State to mix up this less tantalizing testimony about the SUV with someone like Cornett.)
14. Detective Carey Grimstead returns to the stand
Grimstead took the stand for the third time, this time to talk briefly about photos he took of Harris’s SUV.
50. Jim Persinger, PM Investigations, Inc., digital forensics
Persinger testified about what he found on Harris’s computer. On June 17, 2014, Harris searched for a vacation for two adults, no children. In May, there was a search for name change. The word “divorce” showed up on the name change document but there’s no evidence he searched for “divorce;” he clicked on a divorce list within the name change document. He also searched for the “age of consent” in Georgia. There is evidence that, on June 6, 2014, Harris manually deleted the search history on his computer.
On cross, Persinger admitted he was paid $31,000. He was asked if, as a web developer, Harris would need to periodically clear his search history.
51. David Dustin, owns a forensic company specializes in 3D laser scanning
Dustin, an expert in 3D crime scene mapping, has trained several police departments. He described his work in preparation for showing the jury a 3D animation of the crime scene—something the defense fought to prevent.