Homicide

Grandma's trial in girl's running death offers preview of case against stepmother

FILE - This photo providedby the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. shows Jessica Mae Hardin, stepmother to 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. A jury convicted grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday, March 20, 2015, in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. Jessica Hardin, is free on bond awaiting trial on a murder charge for allegedly failing to intervene as Garrard made Savannah run. No trial date is set for Hardin, who has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)

FILE - This photo providedby the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. shows Jessica Mae Hardin, stepmother to 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. A jury convicted grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday, March 20, 2015, in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. Jessica Hardin, is free on bond awaiting trial on a murder charge for allegedly failing to intervene as Garrard made Savannah run. No trial date is set for Hardin, who has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)  (The Associated Press)

The capital murder trial of an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death shed light on the case against the girl's stepmother, who is awaiting trial.

Stepmother Jessica Mae Hardin was mentioned repeatedly during the trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard, who was convicted late Friday.

Prosecutors say both women are responsible for the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin in 2012, and evidence shows Hardin was on the scene the day the child collapsed. Hardin's voice is heard on the 911 emergency call.

But Hardin has pleaded not guilty to prosecutors' claims that she didn't try to help the girl and should be held responsible for her death.

No trial date is set for Hardin.