In fact, because laser-scanning technology cannot accurately capture glass, Dustin decided to remove glass images from scans being shown to the jury. This means the scans of Harris’ SUV do not have front or rear windshields or window panes. Also, during a video “fly over” of the car, depicting the scene where Harris pulled over into the parking lot of Akers Mill Square, the roof of the SUV suddenly disappears. The scan allows jurors to see an unencumbered view of the inside of the car and to see the replica doll of Cooper in his car seat.
The laser scan, from the inside of the car and apparently from about the same vantage point that Harris would have had, shows it should have been relatively easy for Harris to see the top of Cooper’s head if he had looked over to the right at anytime he was in the car with his son.
Prosecutors apparently think the 3D scans are powerful evidence, given the fact Dustin is expected to be the state’s final witness.