Trial in girl's running death delayed for second day

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Posted: Mar 13, 2015 9:27 AM

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A court is again delaying testimony in the trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter run until she died.

Etowah County authorities sent a notice saying the trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard won't be held Friday. There wasn't any explanation.

Jurors also had Thursday off. Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree didn't give any explanation for that delay, either.

A court spokeswoman says the trial will resume Monday.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Garrard killed granddaughter Savannah Hardin by making her run for hours as punishment for a lie in 2012.

The defense says the woman didn't intend to harm the girl. According to testimony, Garrard told authorities the girl wanted to run.

The prosecution could present additional evidence Monday, or it could rest. The defense will be next.