Grand jury indicts McDaniel in Giddings slaying

Giddings' sister: "Obviously we are hoping for any justice, but we're never going to get what we want out of this -- Lauren back and our lives back on track."

November 15, 2011 

Bibb County grand jurors today indicted Stephen McDaniel on one count of murder in the June killing of his Mercer University law school classmate and next-door neighbor Lauren Giddings.

The grand jury also indicted McDaniel on 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

"It's kind of like a weird feeling," said Kaitlyn Wheeler, Giddings' sister. "We're relieved, but there's nothing good coming from this situation. It's becoming more real. Every time we get a step closer, the reality hits home that she's gone."

McDaniel, a 26-year-old from Lilburn, has been in jail since July 1, the day after Giddings' dismembered torso was found in a roll-away trashcan beside the downtown-Macon apartment building where they lived.

Giddings, 27, 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 apparent disappearance discovered her remains outside the Barristers Hall apartment complex at 1058 Georgia Ave. on the morning of June 30.

McDaniel was charged with murder about a month later, on Aug. 2, and denied bond at a commitment or show-cause hearing Aug. 26.

The indictment means McDaniel has now been formally charged.

Giddings' sister said, "Obviously we are hoping for any justice, but we're never going to get what we want out of this -- Lauren back and our lives back on track."

For more details on Tuesday's indictment, check macon.com for updates and see Wednesday's Telegraph.