New request from Etowah County murder suspect

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — An Etowah County woman charged with the murder of her granddaughter is making a request to the judge over her case. Joyce Garrard faces a possible death sentence if convicted of capital murder. Her attorneys are asking a judge to bar lawyers from eliminating potential jurors who oppose capital punishment. Her attorneys say barring death penalty opponents is unconstitutional, because it would result in more jurors likely to vote for a conviction. A judge will make a decision on the request August 18th. Garrard is accused of forcing nine-year-old Savannah Hardin run as punishment until she collapsed and later died in 2012. Trial is set for September 22nd.

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