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Prosecutor: Grandmother should die for girl's running death

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Closing arguments in the sentencing phase of Joyce Hardin Garrard's trial began Thursday, Garrard's 50th birthday. Last week she was convicted of capital murder. Closing arguments in the sentencing phase of Joyce Hardin Garrard's trial began Thursday, Garrard's 50th birthday. Last week she was convicted of capital murder.
GADSDEN, Ala. -

An Alabama woman is spending her birthday in court learning whether jurors want her to be executed for running her granddaughter to death.

Closing arguments in the sentencing phase of Joyce Hardin Garrard's trial began Thursday, Garrard's 50th birthday. Last week she was convicted of capital murder.

Assistant District Attorney Marcus Reid asked jurors to recommend the death penalty. He said Garrard forced 9-year-old Savannah Hardin to participate in her own death.

The defense says Garrard was a good grandmother who suffered abuse in her own upbringing.

Jurors will recommend either death or life without parole.

A vote of at least 10 of 12 jurors is required for the panel to recommend death. A simple majority can recommend life.

The final decision will be up to Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree.

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