UPDATE: Garrard sentencing resumes, one juror dismissed
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – After a two hour investigation, sentencing for the Etowah County woman convicted in her granddaughter’s running death will resume.
Lawyers asked the judge to throw out the case over allegations of juror misconduct.
One juror has been dismissed from the case.
Lawyers for Joyce Hardin Garrard told a judge Wednesday that they had evidence of misconduct by at least four jurors. Defense attorney Dani Bone didn’t specify exactly what happened. But the allegations appear to involve claims that jurors violated the judge’s repeated instructions to stay off social media and avoid news coverage during the trial. One juror was removed for unspecified reasons before deliberations began. Jurors later convicted Garrard of capital murder. Remaining jurors are considering a sentence.
Garrard was convicted of running granddaughter Savannah Hardin to death as punishment for a lie about candy.