An Etowah County jury found Joyce Hardin Garrard guilty of capital murder in the 2012 death of her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin.
Penalty phase will begin at 9 a.m. Monday.
Garrard age 49 faces life in prison or the death penalty for the crime. Prosecutors said Garrard forced Savannah to run for more than three hours in the yard of her Etowah County home on the afternoon of Feb. 17, 2012 as a punishment for lying about eating candy bars on a school bus.
Savannah collapsed that evening and died days later in a Birmingham hospital. The verdict comes three years and a month, less a day, after Savannah’s death.
The jury deliberated for three-and-a-half hours, and spent about 12 hours at the courthouse Friday.