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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE WARRANT FOR ACCUSED KILLER STEPHEN MCDANIEL ALLEGES HE MADE STATEMENTS THAT HE COULD GET AWAY WITH MURDER.
MCDANIEL IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR AND FORMER LAW SCHOOL CLASSMATE LAUREN GIDDINGS.. AND DISMEMBERING HER BODY.
LAUREN DISPIRITO OBTAINED A COPY OF THE ARREST WARRANT.
SHE JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.
YES FRANK...
THE WARRANT DOCUMENT INCLUDES A NARRATIVE... SIGNED BY THE LEAD DETECTIVE ON THE CASE.
IT STATES WHY POLICE ARE ASKING A JUDGE FOR A WARRANT TO CHARGE MCDANIEL WITH FELONY MURDER.
THE WARRANT SAYS.....
MCDANIEL HAS PREVIOUSLY COMMENTED THAT HE COULD COMMIT MURDER... AND PROVIDED DETAILS OF METHODS TO AVOID DETECTION...
...WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE KILLING OF LAUREN GIDDINGS.
THE WARRANT SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND A HACKSAW WITH TRACES OF GIDDINGS' D-N-A IN A LOCKED STORAGE CLOSET AT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE SHE AND MCDANIEL LIVED.
INSIDE MCDANIEL'S APARTMENT... THE WARRANT SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND A PACKAGE FOR THE SAME-BRAND HACKSAW.
INSIDE MCDANIEL'S APARTMENT... THE WARRANT SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND A PACKAGE FOR THE SAME-BRAND HACKSAW.
ON JUNE 30TH... POLICE FOUND PART OF GIDDINGS' BODY IN A GARBAGE CAN OUTSIDE HER APARTMENT.
THE WARRANT STATES THE MURDER HAPPENED "ON OR ABOUT" JUNE 25-TH.
POLICE CHARGED MCDANIEL TUESDAY NIGHT WITH KILLING GIDDINGS.
FRANK
THANKS LAUREN
HE'S BEING HELD IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.
MCDANIEL'S ATTORNEY SAYS HIS CLIENT INSISTS HE IS INNOCENT.

POLICE WERE BACK AT GIDDINGS' BARRISTER'S HALL APARTMENT THIS AFTERNOON... TO COLLECT MORE EVIDENCE.
WITH THE HELP OF CITY EMPLOYEES... INVESTIGATORS REMOVED THE BATHTUB FROM GIDDINGS' APARTMENT.
LAST NIGHT 13WMAZ'S ELEANOR LISSITZYN GOT A CHANCE TO LOOK INSIDE GIDDINGS' FORMER APARTMENT.
SHE SAID SHE SAW A SERIES OF SCRATCHES ON THE OUTSIDE RIM OF THE BATHTUB IN GIDDINGS' BATHROOM.
TODAY THAT SIDE OF THE TUB WAS COVERED WITH CLOTH AND TAPE AS THEY BROUGHT IT DOWN THE STEPS.
A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR ON THE SCENE WOULDN'T SAY WHY THEY TOOK THE TUB... BUT SAID THEY'RE MOVING IT TO THE MACON CRIME LAB.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU THINK STEPHEN MCDANIEL CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL IN BIBB COUNTY?
SO FAR 54 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
46 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

FOR MORE THAN A MONTH... MACON POLICE have WORKED THE CASE LAUREN GIDDINGS.
AND THEY'RE ALSO WORKING ON TWO OTHER UNSOLVED HOMICIDES.
AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU TWO FAMILIES SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS IN THE DEATH OF THEIR LOVED ONES..
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Nats: "I'm gonna miss his smile, he's always smiling."

LAWANNA SMITH SAYS HER SON... 35-YEAR-OLD ALFRED SMITH... PICTURED HERE WITH HIS WIFE AND THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER... WAS NEVER A TROUBLEMAKER.

Lawanna Smith, Macon: "That was my baby, and part of my heart."

SMITH WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN THE PARKING LOT AT WINGS CAFE IN MACON... ON JULY 25TH.
BUT THE FAMILY SAYS... THAT'S ALL THEY KNOW.

Lawanna Smith: "If someone out there sees this, please help us find the person that did this to him."

THEY AREN'T ALONE.
THE FAMILY OF 20-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY HARRIS... DEALS WITH AN UNSOLVED HOMICIDE... AS WELL.
HARRIS WAS SHOT AND KILLED OUTSIDE OF WHISKEY RIVER... ON JULY 29TH.

Joseph Pounds, Macon: "I was just breathless, I was speechless just to know his age and being so young."

JOSEPH POUNDS WAS HARRIS' COUSIN... AND SAYS HE WOULD'VE HELPED ANYONE... IN A HEARTBEAT...

Joseph Pounds: "I hope that the detectives, Macon Police, whoever, I hope they just, like, do they job, and find out what's the real problem behind the sitaution."

TWO FAMILIES LEFT IN THE DARK... WITH QUESTIONS... THEY HOPE TO BRING CLOSURE.

Lawanna Smith: "We're gonna miss him. Really. We're gonna miss him."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MACON POLICE WON'T SAY IF THEY HAVE ANY LEADS IN EITHER CASE.
SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THEY ARE INTERVIEWING PEOPLE... TRACING CELL PHONE RECORDS... AND GOING DOOR TO DOOR.
SHE SAYS THE ONLY UPDATE IS AN ADDED DESCRIPTION TO SOMEONE WHO POLICE SAY COULD BE INVOLVED IN THE HARRIS CASE... A 5"6 MALE WITH A STOCKY BUILD... WHO GAUDET SAYS... IS NOW DESCRIBED TO HAVE A PECULIAR NOSE.
ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION CAN CALL 1-877-68-CRIME.

A PEACH COUNTY MOTHER DIED AT THE HOSPITAL AFTER SHE WAS HIT BY A CAR YESTERDAY MORNING.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS GLORIA HERNANDEZ DIED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON FROM INJURIES SHE SUFFERED IN THE ACCIDENT... INCLUDING A HEAD INJURY.
GEORGIA STATE PATROL SPOKESMAN MARK HOLLOWAY SAYS HERNANDEZ AND HER FIVE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER JACQUELINE WERE GETTING OUT OF THE CAR AT KAY ROAD ELEMENTARY WHEN GLORIA'S SON-IN-LAW JOSE REMIREZ ACCIDENTALLY BACKED THE FAMILY'S CAR INTO THE TWO.
THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP LAST MONTH URGED THE LEADERS OF MONROE AND BIBB COUNTIES TO SOLVE THE LINE DISPUTE ON THEIR OWN.... WITHOUT HIM HANDING DOWN A RULING.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHERE THE COUNTIES ARE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS.
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SINCE 1822... OFFICIALS SAYS EXACTLY WHERE THESE SIGNS SHOULD STAND... HAS BEEN UP IN THE AIR....
Elmo Richardson, Bibb County Commissioner: "It's been there for 188 years why change it."
BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELMO RICHARDSON.... AND MONROE COUNTY CHAIRMAN JAMES VAUGHN SAY THE COUNTIES ARE DONE TRYING TO SOLVE THE LINE DISPUTE.
James Vaughn, Monroe county chairman, "we had spent substantial effort on both sides in good faith trying to work this out in a compromising manner. I think both sides believe now it's just best for him to issue a ruling.
pics LAST MONTH... SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP PUSHED FOR THE COUNTIES TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT.... AS HE VISITED THE SITE AT THE CENTER OF THE LINE DEBATE.
IT'S THE PLACE SURVEYOR TERRY SCARBOROUGH SAYS THE FERRY USED TO DRAW THE ORIGINAL LINE... RAN....
IF THEY USE THAT LOCATION....ABOUT 500 ACRES WOULD MOVE FROM BIBB TO MONROE COUNTY.
Elmo Richardson, Our position of course is the surveyor used the wrong ferry site. He located a ferry site or we think he probably did.. but he did not consider any other ferry sites."
brittiny barber, "The county line cuts through this neighborhood just off of wesleyan drive. For homeowners that live in the disputed area... a lot could change if the secretary of state approves the new line."
James Vaughn, "There are issues everywhere from voting to property taxes, zoning, land use, that's what brought this up in the first place, so there are a lot of issues but they can all be broken out and worked on."
WHILE THEY WAIT FOR KEMPS DECISION... BOTH COUNTIES STAND FIRM IN THEIR BELIEFS ON WHERE THE LINE FALLS.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> MONROE COUNTY CHAIRMAN JAMES VAUGHN SAYS THE SECRETARY OF STATE SENT THEM A LETTER ASKING THE STATUS OF THE NEGOTIATIONS.
HE SAYS THEY RESPONDED LAST FRIDAY EXPLAINING THE COUNTIES WERE NO LONGER IN TALKS.
THE SECRETARY OF STATE HASN'T SET A TIMELINE FOR WHEN HE'LL MAKE HIS DECISION.

THERE'S A HOLE ON SECOND STREET IN FRONT OF THE BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE... BUT IT'S ALL PART OF A CITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.
CREWS ARE MOVING PHONE LINES AND CABLES THAT ARE IN THE WAY OF THE CITY INSTALLING NEW PIPES.
CITY ENGINEER BILL CAUSEY SAYS ONCE THAT'S DONE... THE CITY WILL CONTINUE REPLACING 400 FEET OF BRICK PIPES THAT FUNNEL WATER INTO THE OCMULGEE RIVER.
CAUSEY SAYS SOME OF THOSE PIPES ARE ABOUT 150 YEARS OLD... AND STARTING TO CAVE IN.
CREWS ARE REPLACING THEM WITH MORE DURABLE CONCRETE PIPES.
CAUSEY SAYS IT'S PART OF A DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FUNDED BY 5 MILLION DOLLARS FROM A 2006 SPLOST.
HE SAYS THOSE FUNDS ARE ALMOST GONE AND THERE'S STILL A LOT TO DO.
"The hope is the next SPLOST will have funds available and we will be aproved for more stormwater improvements in Macon and Bibb Countywe both have infrastructure issues that need repair."
CAUSEY SAYS SECOND STREET AT WALNUT WILL TEMPORARILY REOPEN BY AUGUST 15.
IT WILL CLOSE AGAIN WHEN CITY CREWS START INSTALLING CONCRETE PIPES UNDER THE ROADWAY.

HEAT ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR ALL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA UNTIL 8PM THIS EVENING AND THEN WILL BE IN EFFECT AGAIN TOMORROW FROM 11AM-8PM.
TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH EVENING THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS IN THE MIDDLE 70S.
TOMORROW...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED STORMS POSSIBLE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MIDDLE 90S.
TOMORROW NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MIDDLE 70S.

THE SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SWINGS INTO ACTION TOMORROW AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD IN WARNER ROBINS.
TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST... INCLUDING THE TEAM FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CITY... WILL COMPETE FOR A SHOT IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE OF THE TEAMS AS THEY ARRIVED IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
Nats "We're in room 322"

Nats of luggage

THE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM FROM MOBILE ALABAMA ARRIVED IN CENTRAL GEORGIA (nATS) IN FULL FORCE.

Nats of Team

Angela Shirley, "It was a six hour trip. We were orginally going to leave at 4 am but decided we couldn't stand it and needed to get here earlier"

Josh Lewis "Some of my team got here this morning and some of my team got here last night"

Nats of Team at ball park

WESTSIDE ALSO GOT A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT THE FIELD BEFORE THEIR GAME TOMORROW.

Angela Shirley "They worked really hard this year and they have won everything and this is an opportunity for them to win the Southeast Region and their hopefully looking forward to moving on to Willamsport, PA for the little league world series"

Nats of Parents

ANGELA SHIRLEY IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF WESTSIDE... HER SON CALE PLAYS ON THE TEAM AND SHE SAYS THIS IS SOMETHING THE BOYS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.

Angela Shirley "I think this is awesome. This is an experience these boys will never forget, and just the fact that Warner Robins does this is incredible"

Nats of Coach "We'll have to be up here for our game tomorrow evening"

LEWIS SAYS HE CAN'T WAIT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE IN THEIR FIRT GAME ON FRIDAY AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA.

Josh "I'm looking forward to playing on this field because it look so nice. It's the best field I have ever played on"
>> THE FIRST GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT STARTS TOMORROW AT TEN WITH FLORIDA TAKING ON WEST VIRGINIA.
TEAM GEORGIA OUT OF WARNER ROBINS PLAYS THE TENENSSEE STATE CHAMPS AT ONE P.M.
ADMISSION TO THE GAMES IS FREE..
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE STORY.

THE HEAT CONTINUES TO RISE IN THE SOUTHEAST THIS WEEK AND ONE COMMUNITY IS STEPPING UP TO FIGHT DEHYDRATION.
THE FORSYTH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A NEW SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.
THEY'RE PASSING OUT WATER.
OFFICER BOB SANDERSON SAYS MANY PEOPLE IN FORSYTH DON'T HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND HAVE TO WALK WHEREVER THEY GO.
SO EACH POLICE VEHICLE HAS A COOLER IN THE TRUNK... AND DURING THEIR PATROL ROUTES THEY STOP TO HYDRATE THE PUBLIC.
Bob Sanderson, Forsyth PD: "We've got it on ice and in containers in the patrol vehicles and if we see someone that is walking or riding a bicycle or simply outdoors we can stop, check on them, see if they appear to have any signs of heat exhaustion and offer them some cool water."
SANDERSON SAYS THEY'RE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT OFFICERS WORKING IN THE HEAT.
HE SAYS THEY'LL KEEP PASSING OUT WATER... AS LONG AS THE HEAT STAYS UP.

WE GAVE CENTRAL GEORGIA A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT... AND MANY OF YOU ARE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO GETTING AN "A" WITH OUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GALLERIES.
HERE'S JAYDA... SHE'S HEADING INTO KINDERGARTEN IN WILKINSON COUNTY.
AND KAIDEN'S ALSO READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN WILKINSON COUNTY.
SEND US YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS... E-MAIL THEM TO US AT "WHERE YOU LIVE" AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM....


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