Criminal Justice

Report: Law Grad Charged in Classmate Murder May Have Fantasized About Avoiding Prison for Slayings


A classmate charged in the murder of fellow Mercer University law graduate Lauren Giddings may have written of violence and gore online under the moniker SoL (short for Son of Liberty, it appears) for at least a year or so prior to her slaying, according to the Macon Telegraph.

The Internet posts include details that link them to Stephen McDaniel, 25, who is charged with Giddings’ murder, the newspaper says.

In one 2010 post, SoL outlined a plan for killing the “entire bigoted group” of religious demonstrators at a funeral for a fallen soldier, as well as avoiding criminal responsibility afterward:

Despite his being in an apparent catatonic state, sitting on the ground, rocking back and forth, eyes blank and silent for a day or so subsequent to these fictional slayings, “they probably initiate charges, at which point the family will need to get a lawyer to argue that I had no knowledge of my actions and were not acting of my own volition when I acted,” the online fantasy continues.

“Keep the story consistent, and whenever I am asked about what happened, I look down and put a sad look on your face, relating what I was TOLD happened (as you have no memory of it). I might end up institutionalized for a while so they can try to figure out what caused the blackout, and they may take my guns from me as well as the ability to purchase more, but if I stuck to the story, it’s doubtful I’d end up in prison.”

At the end of the post, SoL notes that this plan is entirely hypothetical, with the last word in boldface.

Earlier ABAJournal.com coverage:

Slain Mercer Law Grad Was a Friend to Many, Including the Classmate Now Charged With Her Murder

Classmate of Slain Mercer Law Grad Faces Felony Murder Charge, But Questions Still Remain

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