Stephen McDaniel, the man charged with the slaying and dismemberment of Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings, is scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday.
At that hearing, prosecutors will formally notify McDaniel that they will be seeking the death penalty against him. Lawyers involved in the case also will discuss the intricate rules associated with cases involving capital punishment.
A date will be discussed for when McDaniel will be arraigned on the murder charge. At the arraignment, McDaniel will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Giddings’ torso was found in a trash bin outside her Georgia Avenue apartment building June 30, 2011.
McDaniel, her 26-year-old neighbor and classmate, was charged with murder in August. He also is charged with 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.
Giddings, 27, was last heard from on the night of June 25.
Bibb County Chief Superior Court Judge S. Phillip Brown will preside at the hearing.
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