Ala woman: Toss charge in girl's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's running death is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

Joyce Garrard argues in court documents that prosecutors haven't abided by a judge's schedule to turn over potential evidence about the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin in 2012.

For that alleged failure, the defense is asking a judge to dismiss charges against the 48-year-old woman. They're also asking the judge to limit some testimony by medical workers.

Prosecutors say Garrard's lawyers are wrong, and that the defense is simply trying to win public sympathy for the woman before her trial next month. Etowah County prosecutors are asking the court to seal all future motions to prevent the same thing from happening again.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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