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An Etowah County jury this morning heard opening statements in the capital murder trial of an Attalla man accused of strangling his wife to death and leaving her body in the trunk of her car.
A one-car accident claimed the life of a Boaz woman tonight, bringing the total number of people killed in traffic accidents today in Etowah County to four.
<![CDATA[ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) -- Three people are dead after a wreck in Etowah County. Police in Attalla say a car collided with a tractor-trailer pulling a mobile home on Alabama 77 on Monday morning. The passenger vehicle went under the truck's load, ripping the top off the car. Police identify the dead as 58-year-old Paul Pratt and 59-year-old Sherry Pratt, both of Attalla. A child who was in the car died later at a hospital. His name hasn't been released. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores was at the forefront of litigation and The Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham.
<![CDATA[GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- A judge is refusing to move the trial of a northeast Alabama woman charged in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter. The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/1gGXntp) reports that a judge denied a defense request to move the upcoming trial of Joyce Garrard outside of Etowah County. Authorities say the 48-year-old Garrard forced 9-year-old Savannah Hardin to run until the girl collapsed and later died two years ago. Garrard says she is innocent, and many relatives are supporting her. The girl's father has sued a hospital where the child was treated after her collapse. The defense claimed the trial should be moved away from Etowah County because of extensive publicity about the case. The judge refused. Garrard is set to go on trial on June 23. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
<![CDATA[HOKES BLUFF, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a church day care worker is charged with aggravated child abuse in northeast Alabama. Etowah County sheriff's officials say 41-year-old Karen Lynn Rowland of Piedmont was arrested Tuesday. She is charged following incidents that sheriff's officials say happened earlier this month in the day care at First United Methodist Church of Hokes Bluff. Rowland is accused of screaming and cursing at two 4-year-olds. She allegedly hit one child in the face with a folder and slammed the head of the other child against a table. The sheriff's office says the incidents were captured on video. Court records aren't yet available to show whether Rowland has a lawyer, and there's no phone number listed in her name. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.