McDaniel Motion Hearings Wrap Up on Day Two | News
Shortly before noon Tuesday, the hearing on the over 50 motions filed in the Stephen McDaniel case wrapped up in the Bibb County Superior Court.
McDaniel is accused of murdering his Mercer Law School classmate and neighbor Lauren Giddings in June 2011.
In day two of the hearing, defense attorneys for McDaniel again raised questions about the investigation and how police collected evidence. They claim much of the evidence should be thrown out as well as some of McDaniel's statements to police.
On Tuesday, attorneys questioned Sergeant Bobby Newberry with the Macon Police Department about photos taken in McDaniel's apartment. One of them showed a set of keys sitting on his dresser, and another taken the day before did not.
McDaniel allegedly had a master key to the apartment complex and one to Giddings' apartment.
Newberry said the apartment was under constant police guard and the evidence could not have been tampered with, but McDaniel's attorney Floyd Buford says he is skeptical about how well the place was secured.
Instead of arguing the motions, both sides agreed to submit briefs to the Judge Phillip Brown, who will later rule on all of the motions.
Buford says they will also have to reschedule hearings on two motions that question the use of cadaver dogs in the search.
Police say the dogs smelled 'hits' in both McDaniel's and Giddings' apartments, as well as an empty apartment downstairs. The defense says those 'hits' cannot be scientifically verified because no body parts were found there and no video was taken of the search.
The motions also claim McDaniel did not consent to the cadaver dog search.
Buford and District Attorney David Cooke say they both want to bring in forensic experts to testify, but those people were not available this week. A date has not been set for that hearing.