Floyd Buford and Stephen McDaniel at an August commitment hearing. Suzanne Lawler photo.
Stephen McDaniel's lawyer says he's disappointed but not surprised that Bibb County prosecutors will seek the death penalty for his client.
"I just don't think this case merits a death penalty," Floyd Buford told 13WMAZ's Eleanor Lissitzyn Thursday. He declined to explain.
Buford said he met Wednesday with District Attorney Greg Winters, who said he would push for McDaniel's execution if he is convicted of killing Lauren Giddings.
He said he hadn't talked to McDaniel Thursday, but the suspect's parents have.
"He and I have talked about this possibility before," Buford said. "I'm sure he'll be disappointed but not completely surprised."
He said McDaniel's parents are also aware of Buford's decision.
"They love their son very much, they're wonderful parents," he said. "They of course were upset over it."
He said McDaniel is scheduled to be arraigned on Giddings' death Monday morning, and he expects his client to plead not guilty.