Attorneys ask how Garrard will be executed if convicted of capital murder

Joyce Garrard

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — An Etowah County woman wants to know how she’ll be executed if she’s convicted of capital murder.

Joyce Garrard is behind bars for allegedly causing her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah’s death by forcing her to run until she collapsed.

Attorneys for Garrard filed a motion with the Etowah County Circuit Court Thursday requesting the protocol for method of execution.

They argue because Alabama currently does not have enough of one of the three drugs used in lethal injections, an attempt to substitute or use unregulated drugs could result in a prisoner being killed without anesthesia.

Attorneys also argue failure to disclose the information is an infringement on Garrard’s right to due process.

Garrard is scheduled to be in court Friday morning on a motion her attorneys filed in mid-March.

They say Judge Billy Ogletree should remove himself from the murder case because he has a history with the family.

Garrard’s trial is set to begin in June.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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