Man in hot car death case wants hearings closed to media

Updated at: 09/14/2015 10:22 AM

(AP) MARIETTA, Ga. - MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer for a Georgia man accused of killing his son by leaving him in a hot vehicle says the courtroom should be closed during pretrial hearings to protect his client's right to a fair trial.

A hearing on pretrial motions in the case of Justin Ross Harris began Monday. Most of the morning was spent on a request from Harris' lawyers to close the courtroom during pretrial hearings where evidence will be discussed.

Lawyers for The Associated Press and other media said that an open courtroom is necessary to the judicial system and that the defense didn't present a compelling enough case to close it.

Harris faces charges, including murder, after police say he left his 22-month-old son in his SUV in June 2014. His attorneys call it a tragic accident.

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