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Lawyers want lower bond in slaying of law grad

MACON, Ga. — Attorneys for a man accused of killing Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings say bond in the case is too high.

They say they want to show their client could live in suburban Atlanta with no danger to the community.

The lawyers for Stephen McDaniel argue in court motions that the $850,000 bond is excessive and the judge should consider reducing it since prosecutors removed the option of the death penalty from the case.

The Telegraph reports that defense lawyers also say they want to present evidence that McDaniel could live with family members in Lilburn, a suburb of Atlanta.

McDaniel is charged with the June 2011 slaying and dismemberment of 27-year-old Giddings, who was from Laurel.

McDaniel has pleaded not guilty.