Grandmother in Savannah Hardin case asks judge to dismiss capita

Grandmother in Savannah Hardin case asks judge to dismiss capital murder charge

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Joyce Hardin Garrard's booking photo from 2012. Source: Etowah Co. Jail Joyce Hardin Garrard's booking photo from 2012. Source: Etowah Co. Jail
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in the case of a 9-year-old who was allegedly run to death.

Etowah County Circuit Judge William Ogletree has set a hearing for Joyce Hardin Garrard. Garrard has asked Ogletree to dismiss a charge accusing her of capital murder in the 2012 death of her granddaughter Savannah Hardin.

Prosecutors say Garrard made the girl run for three hours as punishment for a lie about eating a candy bar. The child collapsed and died three days later.

Savannah Hardin's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, is charged with murder for allegedly allowing the punishment to take place.

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