The case building against Stephen McDaniel in the murder of his neighbor, Lauren Giddings, is getting stronger.
Today, a Grand Jury formally charged the McDaniel on 1 count of murder and 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children. This decision means there is enough evidence for the district attorney's office to head to trial.
McDaniel has been in jail since July 1, on unrelated burglary charges. Murder charges were added in early August after a search revealed hacksaw packing, which was believed to have come from the murder weapon, in McDaniel's apartment.
Now, Stephen McDaniel will head to arraignment. According to his attorney, Floyd Buford, McDaniel will plead not guilty.
Police Chief Mike Burns released this statement, after learning of the grand jury indictment.
"The Macon Police Department has done its job. I'm familiar with the entire investigation and know all of the facts in the case. Today's decision by the grand jury confirms what those of us privy to the details knew would be the outcome. I was never concerned about McDaniel making bond and had no doubt that he would be indicted."
District Attorney Greg Winters could not be reached for comment on when McDaniel's arraignment will take place or how he will prepare for trial.
Buford says tomorrow he will decided if he will continue to ask for bond. McDaniel has scheduled bond hearing set for this Thursday