Joyce Garrard Hardin, a 49-year-old Alabama woman, is requesting that capital murder charges against her, resulting from the death of her granddaughter, be dropped on the grounds that the autopsy was “problematic.”
Hardin was arrested in 2012 for forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter to “run for hours as punishment for a lie about candy,” according to the Daily Mail. After the girl collapsed due to exhaustion, she was hospitalized and died three days later.
Hardin’s lawyers have requested that the charges be dropped because of problems that arose in the autopsy of Savannah Hardin. Joyce Hardin’s lawyers are claiming that the child died due to “longstanding health problems” and that her physical condition should be investigated and could be vital in a trial. Hardin, who could be facing the death penalty, has pleaded not guilty.
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