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Bibb DA: McDaniel Trial January 2014 at Earliest

Murder suspect Stephen McDaniel's trial is now off the table until January at the earliest.

That's what Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke told 13WMAZ after a Tuesday afternoon meeting between lawyers and Judge Philip Brown. 

McDaniel is charged with the murder of Lauren Giddings, his classmate at Mercer University Law School. He was previously expected to go to trial this fall.

McDaniel's lawyer, Floyd Buford, says he does not plan to file any other motions in the case at this time and will not ask to have the case tried outside Bibb County.

Lawyers will start arguing motions in the murder case in September. A trial is expected to be schedule for early 2014.

 

Macon Police: Bogus Bibb 'Deputies' Rob Business

Two men pretending to be Bibb County deputies robbed a man last night, according to a news release.

Police say the two men wore what appeared be partial deputies uniforms, pounding on the door and shouting "police" just after 8 p.m. at Margarita's Management, a business on the 5100 block of Log Cabin Drive.

They showed the victim a piece of paper they called a search warrant. It had the victim's name on it so he let the two men inside.

Once they got inside, they restrained the victim and took an undisclosed amount of money then drove off in a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevy Suburban with a chrome front.

One of the robbers was described as a white man with brownish-blonde hair and acne, standing between 5'5" - 5'7" and weighing between 140-150 lbs.

The other robber was described as a black man with gold teeth on the top and bottom. He stands between 6'4" and 6'5" and weighs between 185-195 lbs.

Attempted Robbery at West Bibb County Motel

Bibb County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man they say tried to rob a west Bibb County motel.  

The "would-be robber" threatened the clerk at the Best Western on Chambers Road with a knife, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. 

In response, the clerk pointed a pair of scissors at the attempted robber, who then ran off. 

He's described as a black male, standing 6 foot 1 inch, skinny and wearing a beard. He was wearing a red cap with a gold "A"on it and last seen in a black four-door car.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-746-9441 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Judge: Murder Charge Against Jameshia Reid Stands

The murder charge against a Macon mother accused of killing her 3-year-old son can go forward, a Bibb County judge ruled Thursday.

Jameshia Reid appeared before a Superior Court judge for a commitment hearing Thursday afternoon.

After a 30-minute hearing Judge Tripp Self ruled there was enough evidence to charge Reid with murder.

She's accused of killing her son, Jakarie Reid, last month.

On Thursday, Macon police detective David Patterson described the evidence against her, which includes statements from several witnesses.

One witness allegedly saw Reid beating Jakarie.

Patterson said they also recovered a hanger and a fishnet that investigators believe were used to injure the boy.

He said they also recovered hair from the house that may contain blood.

Macon Man Charged in Homeless Man's Death

A Macon man faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after allegedly injuring another homeless man who later died.

A Macon police news release says witnesses reported that 51-year-old Terry Cason threw Charles Skipper from a loading dock last Thursday at the abandoned warehouse where they both lived.

Skipper, who was 68, died the next day.

An autopsy says Skipper died from internal bleeding caused by a ruptured spleen.

Police say the two men and several others lived at the warehouse at Mulberry and Sixth Street.

79-Year-Old Macon Man Says Home Broken Into Three Times

A 79-year-old Macon man says his Dawn Street home was broken into three times in the last year. 

Macon Police say they have reports of two burglary incidents at that address off Mumford Road and Napier Avenue, and each happened within six months of each other. 

Charles Williams said he came home Tuesday to find his house ransacked. 

"I just say, "Oh, my god, they just messed me up. They tore all my stuff up'," said Williams. 

He said that his rifle, $250 worth of gold coins and a machete were missing. According to the incident report for the break-in January, five guns and an electric guitar were stolen.  

"All these material things I can get these things back, and the problem is people breaking into your home, taking your stuff that you labored so hard for, it's just not right," said Williams. 

Williams said that he is a gun collector and that he has permits for them.