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Judge denies bond for Joyce Garrard, accused in granddaughter's death

Joyce Garrard appeared in court in Gadsden for a status hearing on Friday, Feb. 21. Source: WBRC video Joyce Garrard appeared in court in Gadsden for a status hearing on Friday, Feb. 21. Source: WBRC video
A judge once again denied bond for Joyce Garrard, who is charged with capital murder in the death of her granddaughter Savannah Hardin. Source: WBRC video A judge once again denied bond for Joyce Garrard, who is charged with capital murder in the death of her granddaughter Savannah Hardin. Source: WBRC video
Savannah Hardin. Savannah Hardin.
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A judge has once again refused to set bond for Joyce Garrard, the Etowah County grandmother charged with capital murder in her granddaughter's death.

Garrard is accused of forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin to run for three hours around her house as punishment for lying about eating a candy bar on Feb. 17, 2012. The little girl died three days later at a hospital.

Garrard is being held without bond in the Etowah County Jail. She appeared along with two of her attorneys in court in Gadsden for a status hearing.

Defense attorney Dani Bone requested again that Garrard be freed on bond just like her co-defendant, Jessica Hardin, and also that the case be dismissed. Etowah County Circuit Judge William Ogletree denied both requests.

In his argument for the bond, Bone raised allegations that are also found in a civil lawsuit that was filed this week in Etowah County Circuit Court by Savannah Hardin's father.

Robert Hardin's malpractice lawsuit against Gadsden Regional Medical Center alleges the hospital failed to properly treat Savannah for dangerously low sodium levels, when she was admitted that February night two years ago.

Garrard's attorneys also requested a change of venue for her trial due to the advance publicity of the case. Currently, her trial is set for June 4 in Etowah County.

The judge told lawyers on both sides he will let them know which way he is leaning in that decision by early next week.

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