The indictment comes after more than four months in jail for Stephen McDaniel.
On June 30th, Macon police search for a missing person, 27-year-old Mercer Law graduate, Lauren Giddings.
That day, they found a torso in a trash can outside the Barristers Hall apartments where Giddings lived.
Chief Burns told 13WMAZ at the scene that he considered this a homicide investigation.
At the scene, a distraught Stephen McDaniel talked to reporters.
"We looked around the place, no sign of a struggle," McDaniel says "No sign that anyone had broken in, just nothing. Just she was gone. All of her stuff was there. Her ID was there. Her wallet was there, but she was just gone."
Police searched McDaniel's apartment and arrested him the next day, July 1, on an unrelated burglary charge.
Chief Burns told 13WMAZ that they were investigating McDaniel as a person of interest in the Giddings case.
That afternoon, police said they believe Lauren Giddings was the homicide victim.
"The location is the main thing, plus the length of time she's been missing," said Chief Burns.
Five days later, July 6, police confirmed the body is hers.
"I want to ask the public for their help in this investigation, the victim was dismembered," said Chief Burns.
July 13, McDaniel's lawyer asked a judge to disqualify the Bibb County District Attorney's office from prosecuting him because McDaniel was a former intern.
July 22, a judge ruled that the Bibb D.A. can handle the burglary case.
August 2, McDaniel was charged with felony murder.
A day later, an expressionless McDaniel appeared in court on the murder charge and was denied bond.
"All the evidence that we have received back ended up linking back to one person," Burns said.
A week later, McDaniel's attorney told 13WMAZ McDaniel is not a threat.
"A person told me that he's the kind of guy that may see a bug or an insect going across the floor in his room, and rather than kill him, he'd pick him up, pick the insect up, and take it outside," said defense attorney, Floyd Buford.
August 24, McDaniel appeared in court on seven counts of child exploitation, due to child pornography allegedly found on a jump drive.
Two days later, a commitment hearing was held on charges that he killed Giddings.
November 8, McDaniel's lawyer asked a Bibb County Superior Court judge to set bond.
Tuesday, November 15, McDaniel was indicted on one count of murder and 30 counts of child sexual exploitation.
The indictment charges that McDaniel killed Giddings on a "unknown date" with an "unknown instrument."