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Judge delays McDaniel trial again
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A Bibb County judge says he will delay the murder trial of Stephen McDaniel, which had been scheduled to start on Feb. 3.

That came after an hour-long discussion of delayed evidence and evidence from McDaniel's computer Friday.

Judge Howard Simms said he "had no choice" but to delay the trial. He did not say for how long.ID=4410211

McDaniel is accused of killing and dismembering Lauren Giddings, his Mercer Law School classmate, in June 2011.

Lawyers in the case discussed a forensic report that listed thousands of websites that McDaniel allegedly visited in the months before the killing.ID=4342819

A defense motion asks prosecutors for a list of which websites that they intend to bring up at trial.

District Attorney David Cooke says he's been calling the defense and giving them dates and topics in reference to McDaniel's online searches they may bring up in trial.

Cooke said one of them was the Arabian Nights story of "The Three Apples," in which a woman was dismembered and her body stuffed in a chest and put in a river to get rid of evidence. He also mentioned a search relating to a sexual fetish that involves eating human flesh.

Friday's hearing wrapped up around 10 a.m.

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