Was A 9-Year-Old Girl Forced To Run To Death Or Was It An Accident?

03/20/2015 09:37 am ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she died.

A judge told jurors to return to court Friday morning so prosecutors and defense lawyers could sum up the case of 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard.

Garrard was the last witness, denying she meant to harm 9-year-old Savannah Hardin.

Garrard says she made the girl pick up sticks after telling a lie, and she claims she was coaching the girl on running to improve her performance in races at school.

But prosecutors say Garrard actually made the girl run for hours as punishment. They cite a surveillance video that captured Garrard saying she would run the girl and teach her a lesson.

Jury deliberations will start after closing arguments.

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