Stephen McDaniel's Lawyers Ask for Lower Bond

3:01 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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Lawyers for murder suspect Stephen McDaniel filed a motion today asking a judge to reduce his "excessive" $850,000 bond.

The motion asks Bibb County Superior Court Judge Phillip Brown to hold a hearing on the bond amount.

On Wednesday, Brown allowed bond for McDaniel, but also raised serious concerns about whether the suspect could be monitored while on bond.

He also set five conditions, including ordering that McDaniel can not be alone around children and must not use computers or cell phones, except to contact his parents and lawyers.

The order filed Friday asks for an opportunity to argue for bond "more closely tied to the purpose of bond and the facts of this case."

The motion argues that the excessive bond is "tantamount" to denial of bond and is a violation of his Eighth Amendment rights.

McDaniel's lawyers say McDaniel's parents can't afford the bond.

They also say that they'll argue at the hearing that McDaniel will pose no threat to his young siblings at his parents' home in Lilburn.

McDaniel is accused of murdering and dismembering his Mercer Law School classmate, Lauren Giddings, last June. He also faces burglary and child-endangerment charges.

Check back with for updates on this story today.


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