Trial delayed in Alabama running death case

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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – A judge has delayed the trial of an Alabama woman charged in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter.

Etowah County Circuit Judge William Ogletree decided during a hearing Friday in Gadsden to move the trial for Joyce Garrard from June 23 to Sept. 22. The judge said he acted out of an abundance of caution to give the defense additional time. The judge also rejected a request from the defense to dismiss the case over allegations that prosecutors failed to turn over information about possible expert witnesses.

Garrard faces a capital murder charge. She denies accusations that she killed Savannah Hardin making her run for three hours as punishment for lying.

The girl’s stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, faces a murder charge. She has pleaded not guilty.

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