Emotional Day for McDaniel's Parents | News
Stephen McDaniel's parents sat in on a court hearing in their son's burglary case, then visited the apartment complex where he and homicide victim Lauren Giddings both lived.
SLIDESHOW: Stephen McDaniel Hearing
Friday was Mark and Glenda McDaniel's first public appearance in Macon since their son was named a person of interest in Giddings' homicide.
In court, the couple declined to speak to 13WMAZ, with Glenda McDaniel asking why the media was so interested in a burglary case.
Stephen McDaniel and Giddings were both Mercer law students who lived in neighboring apartments at Barristers Hall on Georgia Avenue. McDaniel faces two burglary charges unrelated to the Giddings case.
His parents arrived at the Bibb County Superior Court just before 9 a.m. Friday, well before the hearing's 9:30 start.
They took a seat behind their son and his defense lawyer, Floyd Buford.
They sat quietly through the hour-long hearing. But just before the hearing ended, Glenda McDaniel mother, rose and asked to speak. She was crying and her voice crackling.
The judge did not allow her to speak: "No, ma'am."
She sat down and seemed to close her eyes; her husband looked down and nodded.
After the hearing, they again declined to speak.
But just over an hour later, they were seen leaving Barristers Hall after talking to landlord Boni Bush. The couple got into a brown van and drove away.
Police have searched McDaniel's apartment at least three times. Friday morning, the apartment was unsealed and the "Do Not Enter" sign was removed.