Giddings' Father: Police Lean Toward McDaniel as Suspect

12:28 PM, Aug 3, 2011   |    comments
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The father of slain Mercer Law graduate Lauren Giddings says Macon police have gotten some results back from the FBI on evidence collected in the investigation of his daughter's death, and that it "shows promise."

In a telephone interview with 13WMAZ on Tuesday, Bill Giddings said police are leaning toward Lauren's neighbor, Stephen McDaniel, as a suspect.

He also claims that, contrary to public statements from police, they have no other person of interest in the case.

We asked police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet to respond to Giddings' comments. She said she was passing on the request to Chief Mike Burns.

Burns and Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters met this afternoon to review the investigation two days before McDaniel's scheduled bond hearing on burglary charges.

According to a statement from police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet, Major Charles Stone, local members of the FBI and Assistant District Attorney Nancy Malcor also attended that meeting. "There is no further information at this time," it read.

They met at police administration headquarters in downtown Macon, behind closed doors. It lasted about one and a half hours. As they left the building, both Stone and Winters responded "no comment" to reporters' questions.

Police initially named McDaniel as one of two people of interest but they have not named anyone else, and Bill Giddings says nearly all of the evidence collected has come from his daughter's apartment or McDaniel's.

Police arrested McDaniel on burglary charges July 1, the day after Lauren Giddings' torso was found outside her apartment building.

Bill Giddings says investigators are looking for a match with McDaniel's DNA.

He says he has spoken often, almost daily, with Chief Mike Burns or District Attorney Greg Winters.

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