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Jessica Mae Hardin
Prosecutors turn to stepmother in girl's running death

With the grandmother of a girl who was run to death headed to prison for life, authorities are now turning their attention to the stepmother who they say did nothing to help the child. Jurors recommended life imprisonment without parole Thursday for the grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, who was convicted of capital murder in the February 2012 death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. By a vote of 7-5 on the woman's 50th birthday, jurors opted for the life term and rejected prosecutors' pleas for the death penalty. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree could still reject the jurors' suggestion and sentence the woman to death, but the chance seemed more remote after...