Sentencing for Joyce Garrard


The sentencing phase is underway for Joyce Garrard in Etowah County.A jury on Friday found Garrard guilty of capital murder for the death of her granddaughter. Prosecutors said Garrard forced Savannah Hardin to run for hours in 2012 until she collapsed. The girl died 3 days later at a hospital. The sentencing phase began today with the prosecution calling witnesses. Savannah's mother took the stand and told jurors that Garrard doesn't deserve to live. Court is dismissed until Wednesday when the defense will begin presenting its case for a life sentence. The jury can recommend the death penalty or life in prison. The judge has the final say on Garrard’s punishment.

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