DA Won't Comment on Giddings Evidence

10:18 AM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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Bibb County's District Attorney says he won't comment on a report that authorities found a pair of Lauren Giddings' panties in her accused killer's next-door apartment.

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That neighbor, Stephen McDaniel, has been indicted on a murder charge in connection with Giddings' death. He's also been indicted on 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Citing sources familiar with the investigation, The Telegraph reported Wednesday that the undergarments found in McDaniel's apartment were sent to the FBI lab for testing.

Test results revealed that Giddings' DNA was on the panties, the Telegraph reported.

Asked about the newspaper report, District Attorney Greg Winters declined comment. In a text reply to 13WMAZ's Randall Savage, Winters wrote, "No comment. Not very happy that information was leaked."

Giddings' dismembered torso was found in a dumpster outside her Barristers Hall apartment on June 30. Police say she was last seen alive on the night of June 25.

Both Giddings and McDaniel graduated from Mercer University's law school last May. Barristers Hall apartments are located across Georgia Avenue from the law school.

A Maryland native, Giddings remained in Macon to study for the bar examination. McDaniel reportedly remained in Macon for the same purpose.

The day after Giddings' torso was found, McDaniel was arrested on burglary charges. He was charged with murder in August and was indicted on the murder and child exploitation charges Nov. 15.

He's being held without bond in the Bibb County jail.



Macon police chief Mike Burns could not be reached for comment.


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