McDaniel's Lawyer Asks Judge to Set Bond

10:10 PM, Nov 8, 2011   |    comments
Stephen McDaniel at his August commitment hearing on murder charges. Suzanne Lawler photo.
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The lawyer for Macon murder suspect Stephen McDaniel has asked a judge to set bond for him.

Floyd Buford, McDaniel's lawyer, said he filed the request Tuesday afternoon in Bibb County Superior Court. He says a bond hearing may be scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17.

Macon police arrested McDaniel on July 1 on burglary charges. About a month later, he was charged with killing his neighbor and fellow Mercer law student Lauren Giddings. Later, he was also charged with child exploitation, for allegedly possessing child pornography.

So far, Bibb County prosecutors have not asked a grand jury to indict McDaniel on any of the charges.

Buford said he's ready to ask for bond for McDaniel after an "extensive investigation" by the defense. He would not discuss details.

He said he'll ask a judge to set bond based on McDaniel's lack of a criminal record and his ties to the community. He also maintains that his client is innocent.

If released, he said, McDaniel will live with his parents in Gwinnett County.

At a commitment hearing this summer, Buford expressed concerns about his client's health. Tuesday, he said McDaniel was "feeling better" and "pretty good," but he would not elaborate.

On June 30, Giddings' dismembered torso was found in a dumpster next to the Georgia Avenue apartment building where both she and McDaniel lived.

After several searches by Macon police and other agencies, some of her body parts have never been found.

Contacted Tuesday afternoon, Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters said he'd been in a murder trial for the past two days and was not aware of Buford's motion.


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