Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

Feb 22, 2015 1:23 PM by News Staff

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman is going on trial on charges of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died.

Prosecutors describe 59-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard as the "drill sergeant from hell." They say she made 9-year-old Savannah Hardin run for hours as punishment for a lie about eating candy.

The defense says the girl's medical conditions and treatment decisions led to her death in February 2012. They deny that Garrard had any intention of harming the girl.

Final jury selection is set to begin in the case this week in Gadsden, Alabama, located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Opening statements will follow.

Garrard is charged with capital murder. She faces a potential death penalty and could join only a handful of women on Alabama's death row if convicted.

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