Lawyers Seek Lower Bond For Stephen McDaniel, Suspect In Lauren Giddings Murder Case

5:55 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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  • On June 30, 2011, Macon, Georgia police found part of law school graduate Lauren Giddings' body in a trash can outside her downtown Macon apartment. Her neighbor is now accused of killing her. Giddings is from Maryland.
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MACON, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers for the man accused of killing a Mercer University law school graduate are expected to ask a judge on Tuesday to reconsider his bond.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against 26-year-old defendant Stephen McDaniel, who has pleaded not guilty in the June 2011 slaying of Lauren Giddings. Her torso was discovered wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building.

The Telegraph newspaper reports that attorneys for McDaniel contend that the $850,000 bond amount, set in April, is higher than his family can afford and is akin to denying bond.

The 27-year-old Giddings was from Laurel, Md. McDaniel is from Lilburn, in suburban Atlanta, and is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

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