GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
PROSECUTORS AGREE THAT ACCUSED KILLER STEPHEN MCDANIEL IS ENTITLED TO BOND IN THE MURDER CASE OF LAUREN GIDDINGS... BUT THE JUDGE HAS YET TO DECIDE HOW MUCH.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS THE ARGUMENTS RESTED ON WHETHER MCDANIEL WOULD BE A DANGER TO HIMSELF OR OTHERS.
STEPHEN MCDANIEL'S DEFENSE TEAM... FLOYD BUFORD AND FRANK HOGUE... TRIED TO CONVINCE THE JUDGE TO SET A RESONABLE BOND.
"the mcdaniel family arrived in georgia in the 1700's..."
HOGUE ARGUED MCDANIEL'S STRONG TIES TO THE COMMUNITY AND LACK OF PRIOR CONVICTIONS WOULD KEEP HIM FROM FLEEING OR POSING A THREAT TO OTHERS.
THE DEFENSE ASKED BOND BE SET AT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS... THE HIGHEST AMOUNT MCDANIEL'S PARENTS COULD AFFORD.
Buford: "It says in the affadavit that he is employed as a residential painter and a good week of work he normally earns about $1,000 per week. But the economy has been poor and his business has suffered. Mrs. McDaniel the mother has worked int he past as a preschool music teacher, but she lost her job as a result of downsizing and she's currently emplyed as a homemaker."
MCDANIEL REMAINED EXPRESSIONLESS FOR MUCH OF THE HEARING... BUT FURROWED HIS BROW WHEN DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS READ FROM A MESSAGE BOARD POSTING THAT INVESTIGATORS HAVE TIED TO MCDANIEL.
Winters "Make her a special drink called a Mickey Finn. She's out cold. I finally lose my v-card. Oh no she O.D.'d and died. I barbeque her arms and legs to celebrate losing my v-card. Not in to organ meat. throw her torso out. Lose it on tv while the cops are discovering her remains.
WINTERS PRESENTED WHAT HE CALLED THE FACTS OF THE CASE AS REASONS WHY THE JUDGE SHOULD SET A BOND AT 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS.
FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID INVESTIGATORS FOUND WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR IN MCDANIELS SOCK DRAWER WITH D-N-A THAT MATCHED GIDDINGS... AND THEY FOUND A SAW WITH DNA ON IT THAT ALSO MATCHED GIDDINGS.
HOGUE COUNTERED THAT IT WAS ALL CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE... BUT EVIDENCE THEY HADN'T HEARD BEFORE.
"A lot of it was familiar but there were some new accusations that I had not heard. the new ones do you think they were damaging? That's what he anticipates the states case to be and we'll just have to look in to it and you know we have and investigator out there that's been working on it. and we'll follow up on it.
FOR THE JUDGE... THE DECISION BOILED DOWN TO WHETHER MCDANIEL WOULD BE A DANGER TO HIMSELF IF LET OUT ON BOND.
HE PLANS TO LET THE LAWYERS KNOW OF HIS DECISION IN A FEW DAYS.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> SOME MEMBERS OF LAUREN GIDDINGS FAMILY CAME TO MACON FOR TODAY'S HEARING.
GIDDINGS COUSIN.... KATHY MANN SAYS THEY KEEP IN TOUCH WITH GREG WINTERS ABOUT ONCE A MONTH... SO SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT CAME OUT TODAY WASN'T A SHOCK TO THEM.
SHE SAYS KNOWING WHAT WOULD BE ASKED AHEAD OF TIME... HELPS THE FAMILY COPE.
MANN DOESN'T THINK MCDANIEL WILL GET OUT ON BOND... BUT SAYS SHE STILL WORRIES.
Kathy Mann, Blue Ridge: "If for some reason he were to make bail, I would be very upset. I think that the charges outweigh his right for bail in this instance. That's my opinion. It may not be the law. But it's my opinion, and I would hate to think that he would be free with a capital murder charge against him."
MANN SAYS THE REALITY OF IT ALL... IS WORSE THAN ANYTHING THEY'LL EVER HEAR IN COURT.
MACON POLICE SAY THEY NEED YOUR HELP IN FINDING THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF LEONARD COX.
COX WAS FOUND INSIDE AN ABANDONED HOUSE ON SUNDAY.
HE WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA WHERE HE DIED OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS.
POLICE SAY THE 40 YEAR OLD WAS ALSO THE VICTIM OF AN ARMED ROBBERY.
WARRANTS WERE SIGNED TODAY FOR THE ARREST OF 28 YEAR-OLD MAURICE MARQUEZ DUGGER.
THEY ARE FOR MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY. POLICE SAY DUGGER HAS TWO PREVIOUS ARRESTS FROM 2003.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE WHEREABOUTS OF MAURICE MARQUEZ DUGGER CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT
REPUBLICAN VOTERS IN TWO STATES AND WASHINGTON D-C WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY TO PICK THEIR CHOICE FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.
AS DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON... ANALYSTS ARE CALLING IT A GOOD NIGHT FOR MITT ROMNEY.
It's a sweep for Mitt Romney.
CBS News projects he has won the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC
NATS: (Romney) "We won 'em all!"
He now has more than half the delegates needed to secure the Republican Presidential nomination.
SOT: (Mitt Romney/R-Presidential Candidate) "When you drive home tonight and you stop by the gas station, take a look at the prices and ask yourself, "Four more years of that?"
Standup: (Danielle Nottingham/Washington DC) "Rick Santorum wasn't even on the ballot here in Washington. He chose to make his stand against Romney in Wisconsin.. where even the majority of his supporters said they expect Romney to be the nominee."
NATS: "It's great to be home."
Santorum held a primary night party in his home state of Pennsylvania.
SOT: (Rick Santorum/R-Presidential Candidate) "Pennsylvania and half the other people in this country have yet to be heard - and we are going to go out and campaign here and across the nation to make sure their voices are heard in the next few months."
Voters there go to the polls in three weeks... and Santorum says the race isn't over yet.
NEWT GINGRICH DIDN'T HOLD ANY CAMPAIGN EVENTS TODAY.
RON PAUL APPEARED AT A TOWN HALL IN CALIFORNIA.
AUTOPSY RESULTS SHOW.. AN INMATE AT THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL DIED AFTER SWALLOWING TWO BAGS OF DRUGS.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS.. ONE OF THOSE BAGS RUPTURED. POLICE ARRESTED 32 YEAR OLD CHAVIS BERNARD POOLE LAST WEEK FOR PROBATION VIOLATION..
POOLE WAS FOUND DEAD ALONE IN HIS CELL MONDAY MORNING.
JONES SAYS.. HE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARREST BECAUSE OF AN UNKNOWN HEALTH PROBLEM.
BLOOD TEST RESULTS ARE STILL PENDING TO DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF DRUGS POOLE SWALLOWED.
MORE DOGS AND CATS AT THE WARNER ROBINS ANIMAL SHELTER COULD BE SAVED FROM EUTHANASIA.
AT LEAST THAT'S THE INTENT OF A NEW VOLUNTEER BOARD PUT TOGETHER BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL.
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ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTOR GREG LANGSTON SAYS HIS STAFF MAINLY FOCUSES ON PICKING-UP STRAY ANIMALS AND ENFORCING CITY LAWS.
THEY DO ADOPTIONS TOO... BUT HE SAYS A VOLUNTEER BOARD DEDICATED TO FINDING HOMES FOR THE ANIMALS... WILL MAKE THEM MORE SUCCESSFUL.
LISA SABBATH IS A LONG-TIME SHELTER VOLUNTEER AND NEWLY APPOINTED BOARD MEMBER.
SHE SAYS SHE AND THE SIX OTHERS WILL ORGANIZE ON-SITE ADOPTIONS... ENCOURAGE SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAMS... AND RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS.
Lisa Sabbath, Warner Robins: (11:45) "Weve made plans to have on-site adoptions once a month at different places around the city. Were working on getting billboards to advertise Warner Robins Animal Control, to let people know where we are and when were open."
THE SHELTER BOARD WILL MEET ONCE A MONTH.
THE SHELTER IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NINE TO FIVE... AND EVERY THIRD SATURDAY FROM TEN UNTIL TWO.
FOLKS WALKING ALONG LOG CABIN DRIVE... COULD BE GETTING A SAFER ALTERNATIVE.
THAT'S IF MACON CITY COUNCIL PASSES A RESOLUTION TO USE SPLOST MONEY TO CREATE A SIDEWALK.
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THE AREA IN QUESTION IS ABOUT A MILE BETWEEN HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD AND MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE.
COUNCILMAN ED DEFORE SAYS HE'S LIVED IN THE AREA FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS... AND SAYS IN HIS 41 YEARS ON COUNCIL... THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF HIS BIGGEST ISSUES.
HE SAYS A NARROW BRIDGE ON THE ROAD... ISN'T WIDE ENOUGH FOR TWO BUSES TO PASS THROUGH... LET ALONE PEDESTRIANS WHEN TRAFFIC IS HEAVY.
Ed Defore, Council Member: "When people, they come up on the bridge, they have to hold onto the side of the bridge. Look at that, see most cars weave toward the center of the road all the time when people are trying to walk across it."
AT MONDAY'S APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING... COUNCIL MEMBERS TALKED ABOUT USING A BIG CHUNK OF THE SPLOST ROAD IMPROVEMENT FUNDS... TO BUILD A NEW BRIDGE.
BUT COUNCILMAN DEFORE SAYS JUST WIDENING THE BRIDGE WOULD BE A LOT MORE COST EFFECTIVE... AND MAKE ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO PASS THROUGH.
DRUNK DRIVERS BEWARE.... THE NIGHTHAWKS ARE PROWLING THE ROADS IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.
THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL DEPLOYED THE NIGHTHAWKS UNIT AS AN INITIATIVE TO CRACK DOWN ON D-U-I OFFENDERS DURING LATE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS.
COLONEL MARK MCDONOUGH.. COMMISSIONER OF THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL SAYS.... A THIRD OF DEATHS AND INJURIES ON THE STATE'S HIGHWAYS ARE CAUSED BY DRUNK OR IMPARIED DRIVERS.
MCDONOUGH SAYS A SUPERVISOR AND FIVE STATE TROOPERS HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO CENTRAL GEORGIA WITH THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF GETTING DRUNK DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD.
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA AND MACON POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS WELCOMED THE NIGHTHAWKS AND PROMISED ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.
MCDONOUGH SAYS THE NIGHTHAWKS PATROL FIVE OTHER COUNTIES IN GEORGIA, ALL OF WHICH ARE IN THE ATLANTA METRO AREA.
THANKS TO LAST WEEK'S RECORD MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT.. GEORGIA HAS MORE THAN 25 MILLION DOLLARS FOR HOPE SCHOLARSHIPS.. AND PRE KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS..
THAT 656 MILLION DOLLAR JACKPOT SET A RECORD FOR THE GEORGIA LOTTERY - THE HIGHEST WEEK OF SALES IN ITS 20 YEAR HISTORY.
SO FAR.. NO ONE HAS CLAIMED THE JACKPOT.. BUT WINNING TICKETS WERE SOLD IN KANSAS.. ILLINOIS AND MARYLAND.
AT LEAST THREE VIOLENT TORNADOES IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA COLLAPSED ROOFS... RIPPED DOWN POWER LINES AND TOSSED TRACTOR TRAILERS AROUND LIKE TOYS.
THE STORMS ALSO CAUSED MORE THAN A DOZEN INJURIES... RANGING FROM MINOR TO SEVERE.
LANCASTER... SOUTH OF DALLAS... AND CLEBURNE... SOUTH OF FORT WORTH... REPORTED SOME OF THE HEAVIEST DAMAGE.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED AT LEAST TWO TORNADOES IN THE AREA.
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THE STRAWBERRY SEASON BLOOMED ALMOST TWO WEEKS EARLY THIS SPRING.
CO-OWNER OF ELLIOTT FARMS...DEBRA ELLIOTT SAYS SHE'D HAD TO PUT OUT ADS SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD KNOW THE BERRIES ARE RIPE FOR THE PICKING.
SHE SAYS THIS YEARS CROP SPRUNG RIGHT IN TIME FOR SPRING BREAK.
we've had a good crowd today, a lot of children out picking today. everyone said they're going home and putting up jelly today.
YOU CAN PICK THESE BERRIES AT ELLIOTT FARMS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8 A.M TO 7 P.M AND SUNDAY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.
AND THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES WITH THE SWEET TREATS...LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS IN FORT VALLEY OPENS THEIR PATCH ON SUNDAY.