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Two witnesses ordered to testify in McDaniel case

Bibb County judge has ordered a man and woman from Columbia, S.C. yo testify in Stephen McDaniel's murder trial.

District Attorney David Cooke filed the motion on Tuesday and Judge Howard Simms signed it the same day.

It requires Bertila Ivane Delora Boyd and Antoine Bostic to testify at the trial, scheduled to begin April 28 in McDonough.

McDaniel, a former Mercer Law School student, is accused of killing his former classmate Lauren Giddings three years ago.

An affidavit filed by Cooke says Boyd and Bostic were at the Barrister Hall apartments in Macon on June 25, 2011, the last night Giddings was seen alive.

Cooke claims that while waiting in the car outside the apartments, Boyd saw McDaniel "walking from the side of the apartment building where the garbage cans were kept while carrying a large stick-like object."

Giddings' torso was found five days later in a garbage can there. Prosecutors accused McDaniel of killing and dismembering her.

Cooke adds: "After seeing Stephen McDaniel outside the apartment, Ms. Boyd left the vehicle and went inside Mr. Bostic's apartment. While inside the apartment, she heard movement from above in the victim's apartment which aids the State in establishing a timeline of events."

Lawyers in the case say the trial could take a month or more, including up to a week to select the jury.

Last month, Simms moved the trial Henry County, saying it was would be too difficult to find an impartial jury in Bibb County.

This week, McDaniel's lawyers also filed a motion asking to interview potential jurors in panels of 12, at one-hour intervals, rather than in a single large group.

The defense lawyers wrote that potential jurors who are required to sit in a courtroom for hours "become uncomfortable, bored, agitated" and, after hearing lawyers' questions, often figure out ways to avoid getting picked for the juryy.

Simms has not ruled on that motion.


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