Murder Trial for Gadsden Grandmother Rescheduled
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - The trial of an Etowah County woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died has been rescheduled.
The Gadsden Times reported Tuesday that Etowah County Circuit Judge William Ogletree issued an order moving the trial for 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard to Feb. 23, 2015.
The order says the case has been rescheduled because of procedural issues. A court clerk said details on the scheduled change weren't available. The order says jurors will be summoned to fill out questionnaires in mid-February.
Garrard's trial was expected to begin Sept. 22. Prosecutors say the woman forced Savannah Hardin to run for about three hours as punishment for a lie. The child collapsed and died days later.
Hardin has said she's innocent and blames the death on medical problems.
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