Hearing set for Ala woman in girl's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is due in court on charges she forced her 9-year-old granddaughter to run until she collapsed and died.

Circuit Judge William Ogletree set a hearing for Friday morning in Gadsden for 48-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard.

It's unclear exactly what the hearing will concern. But Garrard is asking the judge to dismiss a capital murder charge in the 2012 death of Savannah Hardin.

Defense lawyers also want the judge to set bond for Garrard, who's been jailed almost two years.

Prosecutors say Garrard made the girl run for three hours as punishment for lying about eating candy. The child collapsed and died at a hospital three days later.

The girl's stepmother also is charged for allegedly allowing the punishment to occur.

Both women say they're innocent.

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