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Judge OKs testimony in girl's running death


Associated Press

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Jurors will get to hear testimony by medical workers who treated a 9-year-old Alabama girl who officials say was forced by her grandmother to run as punishment until she collapsed and died.

A judge on Monday refused to place broad limits on what emergency responders and hospital workers could say about the way they cared for 9-year-old Savannah Hardin.

The ruling comes as lawyers prepare for the capital murder trial of the child's grandmother, 49-year-old Joyce Garrard.

The defense wanted to bar medical workers from giving any opinions about what happened, but the judge sided with prosecutors and refused.

Garrard is set to go on trial in September, more than 2½ years after the girl's death.

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