Judge Tillman E. "Tripp" Self III has denied a motion to disqualify the District Attorney's office from prosecuting Stephen McDaniel, a person of interest in the Lauren Giddings slaying.
In a 10-page ruling issued Monday morning, Self found no "personal interest" in the outcome of the case among the staff members of the district attorney's office that should disqualify them from prosecuting McDaniel, who worked in the office for about three months this spring as a third year law student.
Court documents show McDaniel performed legal research, wrote memos and prepared to try cases in Juvenile Court.
The alleged burglaries happened between late 2008 and early 2009.
District Attorney Greg Winters, who agrees with Self's ruling, said the person who worked most closely with McDaniel in the office has now been deployed with the military.