A storm brewing in a high profile capital murder case in Etowah County has been stalled by another stormfront moving into the state. A Winter Strom Warning in effect until midnight, (Wednesday) has resulted in a temporary postponement in the jury selection phase for the upcoming trial of Joyce Hardin Garrard, who has been charged in connection with the 2012 death of her nine year old granddaughter.
Third grader Savannah Hardin was reportedly forced to run for three hours as punishment for lying about eating a candy bar.
She eventually collapsed and was taken to Riverview Regional Medical Center – where she died three days later.
Defense lawyers contend that Savannah actually died of a long standing medical condition, rather than the punishment inflicted by her grandmother.
Jury selection began February 17th with approximately 600 potential jurors receiving their questionnaires last week – with much of the final selection process slated to take place this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree made the decision on Tuesday to adjust the schedule, due to the potential for severe weather.
(Information provided in part by ABC3340/www.abc3340.com)