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DECATUR | Slaying suspect to face death penalty
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DECATUR | Slaying suspect to face death penalty

MACON, Ga. -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate.

Prosecutors formally notified Stephen McDaniel at a hearing in Macon on Wednesday. He is set to be arraigned Feb. 7.

McDaniel is accused of killing Lauren Giddings, a recent graduate of Mercer University's law school, who was last seen after a night out with friends June 25. Five days later, police discovered her torso wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building.

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McDaniel's attorneys, Franklin J. Hogue and Floyd Buford, said they plan to challenge the makeup of the grand jury that indicted his client. They declined comment after the hearing.

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