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Lilburn man faces death penalty in law grad slaying

MACON -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the suspect accused of killing Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings.

The Macon Telegraph reported that prosecutors filed a notice of their intention to seek the death penalty in Bibb County Superior Court on Thursday morning.

The suspect, 26-year-old Stephen McDaniel of Lilburn, has been charged with her murder. McDaniel, who attended law school with Giddings, was taken into custody after Giddings' dismembered torso was found in a roll-away trashcan near the apartment building where they lived.

The 27-year-old Giddings, who grew up in Laurel, Md., and attended college in Georgia for much of the past decade, was last seen June 25. Macon police investigating her disappearance discovered her remains five days later.

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