Hearing for woman accused of running her granddaughter to death set for Friday

Joyce Garrard

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — The woman accused in the death of her own granddaughter is set to head to court Friday. Joyce Garrard is charged with capital murder.

Prosecutors say she forced nine-year-old, Savannah Hardin, to run for hours as punishment for lying. The girl collapsed, and died three days later.

Garrard’s hearing is scheduled for 8:30 am in Etowah County. Trial is slated to begin in June.

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