Profiler, doctor analyze Harris

by Hilary ButschekThe Marietta Daily Journal July 25, 2014 04:00 AM   MARIETTA — More…

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by Hilary Butschek
July 25, 2014 04:00 AM
MARIETTA — More than a month after the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris shocked Marietta and the nation, Cobb police continue to investigate his father after charging him with murder.

A local psychologist and criminal profiler agree police will be looking at Justin Ross Harris’ habits, his testimonies and the evidence he left to determine who Harris was before he was arrested June 18.

“The way the investigators are probably looking at that is what is normal, what is reasonable for him. What does normal look like? What is reasonable behavior for him?” said Stan Crowder, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Kennesaw State University.

Crowder examined the evidence police presented in Harris’ bond hearing July 3 to determine, much like police will, what Harris’ intentions were the day of the crime.

Harris, 33, of Marietta, is charged with murder and child cruelty. He was denied bond and has been in the Cobb County jail since June 18.

“Evidence can’t lie, it can’t be persuaded. It can be misinterpreted, but it can’t be changed,” Crowder said.

Crowder and Marietta psychologist Dr. Gary Dudley analyzed details of the case brought out by police in Harris’ hearing to determine what might have been normal for Harris. …



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