DA: Alabama woman charged in girl's death lied

By Jay Reeves, Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 13, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Alabama woman lied about events that led to the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter whom prosecutors said she ran to death as punishment.

A motion filed by Etowah County prosecutors Thursday says Joyce Garrard is trying to prevent jurors from finding out she misled first responders and medical workers about what happened to Savannah Hardin.

Prosecutors are opposing a request filed earlier by the defense to prevent jurors from hearing any of the woman's statements to emergency workers or doctors.

A judge could consider the requests at a hearing set for Monday.

The 49-year-old Garrard is charged with capital murder. Prosecutors say the woman made the girl run for hours as punishment for a lie about eating candy.

The child's stepmother is accused of failing to intervene.

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