Homicide

Convicted in granddaughter's running death, Alabama woman faces potential death penalty

  • FILE - This file photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday March 20. 2015 in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a "drill sergeant from hell," a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase _ a mini-trial within the trial _ is to begin Monday, the judge said.  (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office)

    FILE - This file photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday March 20. 2015 in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a "drill sergeant from hell," a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase _ a mini-trial within the trial _ is to begin Monday, the judge said. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday March 20. 2015 in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a "drill sergeant from hell," a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase _ a mini-trial within the trial _ is to begin Monday, the judge said.  (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office)

    FILE - This file photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46. A jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday March 20. 2015 in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a "drill sergeant from hell," a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. The sentencing phase _ a mini-trial within the trial _ is to begin Monday, the judge said. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether they think she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

The jury convicted 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday in the death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who said Garrard became so enraged over a lie that she made the girl run until she dropped in February 2012.

In the sentencing phase expected Monday, jurors will be asked if they recommend life without parole or death for Garrard. The final decision rests with Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree under Alabama law.

Authorities claimed Garrard forced Savannah to run for hours as punishment for a lie about candy. Savannah had a seizure and died days later.