The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

May 7, 2013

Judge: No bond for grandma charged in girl's death

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While six area residents said they wouldn't mind if the judge freed Garrard, Reid argued that Alabama's Constitution says defendants in capital cases are not eligible for bond. Garrard shouldn't be granted an exception, he said.

Reid — who called Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell" during a previous hearing — said the state was seeking the death penalty against the woman because the child's running death was particularly cruel and heinous.

"There's no more helpless victim than a child," he said.

Numerous relatives and neighbors of Garrard sat on the defense's side of the courtroom during the hearing, but no family members sat on the prosecution side.

No trial date is set.

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