GADSDEN, Ala. – An Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death faces a decision: Whether to testify on her own behalf.
Attorneys for 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard are expected to announce Wednesday whether she will testify about the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin.
The defense denies Garrard meant to harm the girl before her death three years ago. The woman could testify about her intentions.
But prosecutors would have a chance to cross-examine Garrard, making it a potentially risky move for the defense.
Garrard faces a death sentence or life without parole if convicted of capital murder in the girl's death. The judge could also let jurors consider lesser charges.
Prosecutors say Garrard killed the girl by making her run as punishment for a lie about candy. Garrard says she's innocent.