A jury in Etowah County, Al., on Friday found that Joyce Hardin Garrard murdered her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, 9, by running the girl death in the backyard in 2012, says the Christian Science Monitor. While the jury declined to send Garrard to death row, Judge Billy Ogletree has the option to order an execution. Alabama, Delaware, Florida allow judicial override of jury sentences to impose the death penalty. The option is rarely used in Florida and Delaware has abolished the death penalty, making Alabama, where judges are elected, the only state to use the option regularly.
Savannah collapsed . . .
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