Jury chosen in Alabama woman's trial in girl's running death

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2015 4:47 PM

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A jury has been selected for the trial of an Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's running death.

Attorneys selected the jury Friday after Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree refused defense requests to delay and move the trial. Opening statements are scheduled Monday.

Prosecutors say that three years ago 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard of Boaz made her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin run for hours as punishment for telling a lie. The girl collapsed and died.

Garrard says she's innocent. She could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Attorneys chose 12 jurors and four alternates. They include 10 men and six women. The panel will be kept at the courthouse during the day.

The girl's stepmother is charged with murder and is awaiting trial.