LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING AND DISMEMBERING HIS LAW SCHOOL FEMALE CLASSMATE

 

A recent Georgia law school graduate who was preparing for the bar pleaded guilty to the murder and dismemberment of his fellow Mercer University Law School classmate today. Stephen Mark McDaniel admitted that he strangled-to-death Lauren Giddings during the early morning hours on June 26th, 2011 then cut off her limbs and head which he then placed in a bathtub; later, he put the body parts in several plastic bags and discarded them in a dumpster near his law school. The two had lived separately in the same building complex. He agreed to a minimum 30-year sentence and avoided the death penalty- his trial was set to begin on April 28th. It is unlikely that he will ever be released from prison. According to reports, police had discovered that McDaniel had frequently visited pornography sites on his computer and allegedly viewed specific methodic approaches to body dismemberment on the internet. During the extensive investigation of the case, police purportedly had over 200 pieces of evidence relevant to the prosecution of the case. He was also charged with a burglary case which was not related to the murder, and some additional evidence was obtained during searches conducted in that matter. McDaniel participated in search efforts for Giddings shortly after her disappearance. Due to substantial pre-trial publicity, the trial had been moved to a neighboring county. McDaniel did express remorse during his change-of-plea hearing.

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