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Dani Bone
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Born (1957-02-02) February 2, 1957 (age 57)
Gadsden, Alabama
Nationality United States
Education Birmingham School of Law
Occupation

Lawyer

Dani Bone (February 2, 1956 – present) is an American trial lawyer in Gadsden, Alabama best known for his representation of Joyce Garrard in the alleged murder of Savannah Hardin.[1] Bone mainly does capitol murder, criminal defense, divorces, and personal injury cases. He is a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association.

BackgroundEdit

Dani Bone graduated from Birmingham School of Law in 1996. He started his career in Gadsden, Alabama, working with his brother, Gary Bone, a former Union President of Gulf States Steel in Gadsden, Alabama. [2] In 1997, Dani Bone began his own law practice, Dani V. Bone, P.C. He currently still works as a solo practitioner.

Notable Criminal CasesEdit

Joyce GarrardEdit

Bone has gained significant attention for the Joyce Garrard case including appearing on CNN Headline News show Dr. Drew.[3] The case has also been mentioned on The Nancy Grace Show.[4] Joyce Garrard was charged with capitol murder after Savannah Hardin, a 9-year-old girl, died after she was allegedly forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Savannah Hardin reportedly became severely dehydrated, had a seizure, and died days later.[5] According to the Etowah County Sheriff's Department:

Savannah Hardin was forced to run outside her home on Friday afternoon after admitting that she'd eaten a candy bar that a friend had given her on the bus. As punishment, her paternal grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, and her stepmother, Jessica Hardin, 27, made the girl run around the yard from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. About 45 minutes later, the stepmother called 911 to report that the girl was convulsing. The girl was rushed to the hospital and remained there until Monday when she died, due in part to dehydration, authorities said. "She was 65 pounds, and basically she was caused to undergo physical exertion to the point where she just dehydrated and her electrolyte levels got to the point where she couldn't sustain life," Dist. Atty. Jimmie Harp told WHNT News. The two women have been charged with murder. Relatives say the girl had a bladder condition and wasn't supposed to eat chocolate because of its caffeine content. However, another prosecutor in the case told local media there was no evidence of such a preexisting medical condition."[6]

Mr. Bone vehemently denies that his client killed her granddaughter. "Miss Garrard loved her granddaughter as she loved all her other grandchildren and her children,” Bone told HLN's Dr. Drew. “Joyce and Savannah were extremely close and under no circumstances did Joyce Garrard cause the death of her grandchild.”[7]

Nick SmithEdit

Nicholas Keith Smith was a baseball coach and teacher at Gadsden City High School when he was charged in May 2009, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student who was 15 at the time.[8] Even though testimony indicated such a relationship was apparently consensual, the girl's age made it a felony. The case was prosecuted by the Alabama Attorney General's office.[9] During the trial, Mr. Bone was described as "animated" often objecting to evidence presented by the prosecutors. [10] Following closing arguments by Mr. Bone, Nick Smith was able to avoid registering as a sex offender by entering into a plea deal with the Attorney General's office by pleading to Aggravated Child Abuse.[11]

Kevin Andre TowlesEdit

Dani Bone represented Kevin Andre Towles in the capitol murder of 5 year old Geontee "Gee" Glass. Dani Bone said Towles was falsely accused. "The case drew wide interest when it was reported by his mother to have been abducted from the parking lot of an Albertville convenience store. The mother, Shalinda Glass, initially told police her son was sleeping on the back seat of the car when a man got into the car and drove away. Alabama state troopers and Albertville police issued an Amber Alert for the boy, which initiated a nationwide search. But the next day, police found the car parked behind Towles' house in Etowah County with the boy's body in the trunk. Towles was charged with capital murder."[12] Etowah County Circuit Judge Allen Millican sentenced Towles to death. However the death penalty has since been overturned because of inadmissible character evidence let into the trial.[13] There is a possibility that this case will be retried again soon.

Notable Civil CasesEdit

Angela DavisEdit

Dani Bone, along with Ted Mann, received a verdict of $1,000,000 on August 22, 2012, when they represented Angela Davis in a case against two contractors who built the Gadsden Restaurant {{Logan's Roadhouse]].[14] Dani Bone and Ted Mann successfully proved in court that Ganaway Contracting of Atlanta and Elliot's Plumbing of Etowah County were negligent in the case. The contractors' changed plans to locate the manhole cover, putting it in a walking area and leaving the manhold cover extending almost an inch off of the ground, causing a trip hazard. As a result, Ms. Davis was not able to find work.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Reeves, Jay. Savannah Hardin Murder: Prosecutors Upgrade Charge Against Joyce Garrard. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  2. Powell, Andy (September 13, 2008). "Funeral for Bone Planned". The Gadsden Times. http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20080913/news/809120278. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. Schenek, Dan. Attorney: Grandma did not cause girl's death. CNN Headline News. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  4. Loiaconi, Stephen. Family members charged in girl's running death. CNN Headline News. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  5. Martin, Rick. Grandmother faces capital charge in death of Alabama third-grader. CNN. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  6. Lynch, Rene (February 23, 2012). "Forced to run, girl, 9, dies in punishment for eating candy". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/23/nation/la-na-nn-girl-dies-while-being-punished-for-chocolate-20120223. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. Schenek, Dan. Attorney: Grandma did not cause girl's death. CNN Headline News. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  8. Hayes, Dixon. Former Gadsden City teacher on trial for rape. Fox 6 WBRC. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  9. Hayes, Dixon. Gadsden teacher rape trial ends with plea deal. 48 News WAFF. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  10. Hayes, Dixon. Former Gadsden City teacher on trial for rape. Fox 6 WBRC. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  11. Hayes, Dixon. Former Gadsden City teacher on trial for rape. Fox 6 WBRC. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  12. "Alabama man gets death penalty in beating death of girlfriend's 5-year-old son". The Associated Press. December 21, 2009. http://blog.al.com/live/2009/12/alabama_man_gets_death_penalty.html. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  13. Summers, Elizabeth (April 1, 2013). "New Trial?: Kevin Towles, convicted of murdering 5-year-old Geontae Glass in 2009, has conviction overturned". http://www.sandmountainreporter.com/news/local/article_437dc2d4-9b14-11e2-82ea-0019bb2963f4.html. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  14. Hayes, Dixon. Court awards $1 million to worker injured at Gadsden restaurant work site. Fox 6 WBRC. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.
  15. Hayes, Dixon. Court awards $1 million to worker injured at Gadsden restaurant work site. Fox 6 WBRC. Retrieved on 22 April 2013.

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