Judge: No Conflict in Stephen McDaniel Case

12:27 PM, Aug 3, 2011   |    comments
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A Bibb County judge says local prosecutors can handle the burglary charges against Stephen McDaniel.

Today, Judge Tripp Self issued a ruling saying McDaniel's lawyer, Floyd Buford, did not provide enough evidence to prove a conflict of interest.

"Any potential 'evidence' of such a conflict is simply too remote and speculative at this point to warrant the judge qualifying the district attorney or his office," Self wrote.


McDaniel faces two burglary charges, and has been named as a person of interest in the killing of Lauren Giddings.

Police say the cases are not connected.

His lawyer said Bibb County prosecutors should not handle the burglary case, because McDaniel worked as an intern in the DA's office this spring.

But Self Monday said that won't hurt McDaniel's chance of a fair trial.

Self wrote, "The defendant offered no credible evidence that the district attorney or any member of his staff is prosecuting him for their personal or individual interest or in their personal or individual capacity. No member of the district attorney's staff is a victim of the alleged crimes and the defendant has not shown that any member would personally gain by prosecuting the defendant."


So far, McDaniel has not been indicted in the burglary cases, and no trial date's been set.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates. 


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