Joyce Garrard: Trial Update

Saturday, March 7, 2015

 

A judge is refusing to move the trial of a northeast Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's death. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree issued a one-sentence order today denying a defense request to have Joyce Garrard's case relocated to another county.  Jury selection wrapped up today and opening statements are set for Monday morning. Garrard is accused of forcing 9-year-old Savannah Hardin to run for hours in 2012 as punishment for telling a lie.  Prosecutors say as a result, the girl collapsed and died 3 days later at a hospital. Garrard says she's innocent. The defense says she meant the girl no harm and are questioning the girl's previous health problems.

 

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