Homicide

Prosecutors try to block victim's medical record in capital murder trial of Ala. grandmother

FILE - This photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, who is is charged with capital murder, accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. Final jury selection is set to begin in the case the week of Feb. 23, 2015, in Gadsden, Ala., located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Opening statements will follow. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)

FILE - This photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, who is is charged with capital murder, accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. Final jury selection is set to begin in the case the week of Feb. 23, 2015, in Gadsden, Ala., located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Opening statements will follow. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Alabama judge is hearing arguments about a girl who was allegedly run to death by her grandmother.

Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree held a hearing Tuesday in the capital murder case against 59-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard.

Prosecutors are trying to block the defense from presenting some medical evidence and conclusions about the girl's death.

The former state pathologist who performed the autopsy on 9-year-old Savannah Hardin is subpoenaed to testify.

Prosecutors say in 2012 Garrard made the girl run until she collapsed and died as punishment for a lie.

The defense blames the child's death on medical problems and is raising questions about the autopsy. Prosecutors want to block that testimony.

Jury selection was supposed to continue Wednesday, but is delayed until Thursday because of a winter storm.