New-Trial Bid for Garrard
Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree schedules a hearing for Thursday for 50-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard. The judge is considering a request for a new trial for the woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter's running death. The defense says numerous rulings by the judge violated Garrard's rights during her trial for the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. Garrard's lawyers also say jurors violated court orders to avoid news during the trial. Prosecutors say Garrard made her granddaughter run for hours as punishment for a lie about candy. Savannah Hardin collapsed and later died. Garrard testified she never meant to harm the child. She is serving life without parole. Prosecutors haven't responded to the motion. But they've previously said they're confident the conviction will stand up on appeal.