Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Attorneys for the Lilburn man accused of brutally murdering a Mercer University law student filed a motion Monday for lower bond. If granted, it would likely mean Stephen McDaniel returning to Gwinnett County to await his trial.
McDaniel, 27, is charged with murder in the June 2011 death of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings, a classmate and neighbor whose torso was found inside a trash can at the Macon apartment complex where both lived. His bond was originally set for $850,000.
In a motion filed Monday in Bibb County Superior Court, McDaniel's attorneys argued that dollar figure was "tantamount to having denied bail." They requested the opportunity to present evidence that McDaniel "poses no significant danger to his siblings, who live with his parents in Lilburn" and to devise a plan to assure their client will not flee, to include electronic monitoring.
If released on bond, McDaniel would likely return to Gwinnett and live with his parents. Proving McDaniel would not be a threat to his siblings might be a challenge for his attorneys, considering the other facet of the case against him -- 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children stemming from a child pornography allegedly found in his apartment.
Attorneys Floyd Buford and Frankling Hogue also filed a separate motion for bond to be set in that case.
If neither motion is granted, Buford and Hogue requested the ability to take McDaniel to their offices near the Bibb County jail each Friday.