It looks like Stephen McDaniel, the law student accused of raping, killing, and dismembering his neighbor and classmate, Lauren Giddings, is staying in jail. The judge denied reducing the $850,000 bond the judge put on McDaniel, though the bondsmen the McDaniel family contacted required $1.5 million in collateral to cover the risk–ten times the $150,000 they can afford.
Apparently the judge’s isn’t’ concerned with the over-the top horrible post McDaniel had supposedly written regarding the murder, but with his 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children, based on his alleged possession of child pornography. The house he would stay if released houses a 6, 7, 9, and 11 year old.
And that’s too bad for McDaniel, for the horrific post has been proven to definitely been a bit of trolling from some guy off the internet. It had read
“Graduate from law school. Party hard by drinking alone in front of my computer. See my sexy neighbor/classmate come home late. She has talked to me occasionally in the past. Has wanted my [anatomical part] for three years. Invite her up for a nightcap, make her a special drink called a Mickey Finn.
“He’s out cold. I finally lose my V-card. Oh, no, she OD’d and died. I barbecue her legs and arms to celebrate losing my V-card. Not into organ meat, but throw torso out, lost it on TV while the cops are discovering her remains, you mad virgins?”
Despite being an obvious bit of trolling and despite being posted when McDaniel was already arrested, District Attorney Greg Winters read the irrelevant tid bit during McDaniel’s April 3 hearing “with a good faith belief” that McDaniel had written it.
Said one writer to AM Law:
“This was a troll post posted after he was arrested. The prosecution need to do some god damn research and not use false information…. I was online when the post was made. It was posted well after McDaniel was in jail.”
Why it was considered to be actually written by McDaniel is uncertain, though perhaps its shock value was too good to pass up.
And to clear up any uncertainty on the matter, the author of the post stood up and admitted he had written it, signing documents that he was the author, and also e-mailed, “Tell Mr. McDaniel that I’m sorry to have caused this trouble.”
But even though its fake, the bail stands, says the judge.