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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Woman convicted in Grand daughter's running death dies

An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing.
Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, died five days after being stricken at the state's women's prison, prison spokesman Bob Horton said.
The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but defense attorney Dani Bone said Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday minutes after visiting relatives at the state women's prison. She was taken from the prison by helicopter ambulance to a Montgomery hospital where she was placed on life support and eventually died.

"This is another loss for a family that already has lost so much," Bone said.

Last year, an Etowah County jury convicted Garrard of killing 9-year-old Savannah Hardin by making her run as punishment for a lie about eating candy in 2012. Evidence during the trial showed that girl ran for hours outside Garrard's home in rural northeastern Alabama.

Garrard testified that she never meant to harm the girl but stayed outside running and picking up sticks with the child as they talked about the importance of telling the truth. Garrard also claimed she was coaching the girl in how to run faster in school races.

"If she was running, I was running," Garrard said.

But jurors convicted her of capital murder, siding with prosecutors who called the woman the "drill sergeant from hell" and described the child's death as agony imposed by a woman she loved and trusted.
"She was tortured," prosecutor Carol Griffith told jurors in closing arguments.
The child's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, is set for trial in June on a murder charge for allegedly failing to stop the punishment. Hardin, who is free on bond, has pleaded not guilty.




Source: AP

25 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

May her soul rest in peace


...merited happiness

samson adele said...

Na wa ooo

OMIDAN ABBY said...

Sad!
RIP!!!

dj banti said...

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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

RIP

Adejoke fasasi said...

Eeya
Nawa oooo
RIP





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Ivy Godspower said...

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Vivian Reginalds said...

RIP
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Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmmmmm

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LIB REP (中华人民共和国) said...

Her fat wicked head

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

R.I.P to her.


#FINEST

tollyjems said...

Rip to the fam

Spicy Confide said...

The mother of the deceased should also face conviction 4 failing 2 stop her child 4rm such weird punishment... foolish mother

Pearlie said...

RIP

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Ogbukwa Blessing said...

So sad

U-C-J said...

RIP to her
Linda mee k'anyi fu anya! @uchemacj

Amy said...

Oh well is what I have to say. How can she say that as the girl is running, she too was running. Do they both have the same energy and stamina? Wicked grandma.

Muna said...

Oh no!

christiana christiana said...

Haba na....just for running, common der is sumtin dey aint telling us




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RareSpecie Z said...

Sad.
Retarded Jurors.

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

And she died also sorry

Ade Olasengbe said...

RIP

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