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July 30, 2013

2014 trial set for Gadsden woman on running death

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Gadsden has set a trial date of June 23, 2014, for a woman accused of running her granddaughter to death.

Circuit Judge William Ogletree set the trial date for Joyce Garrard after meeting with defense and prosecuting attorneys. Garrard is accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin run around their Etowah County home for about three hours for lying about eating a candy bar. The girl collapsed and died three days later. Garrard faces a capital murder charge.

The girl's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, faces a charge of murder. Both women say they are innocent.

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