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Accused killer gets bond

MACON, Ga. -- A Bibb County judge granted accused killer Stephen McDaniel an $850,000 bond, with conditions Wednesday.

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The judge also raised concerns about whether he could be monitored safely.

Bibb County Superior Court Judge Philip Brown issued an order Wednesday approving defense lawyers' bond request.

However, Brown's order also raised concerns about whether McDaniel could be adequately monitored if released to his parents' house in Lilburn.

The order says he will not be released until his lawyers prove they can satisfy state law that suspects may not be released if they are a threat to flee or pose any threat to any others in the community.

Brown notes that McDaniel's parents frequently work outside the home and that minor children live in the same house. The charges against McDaniel include 30 counts of child endangerment, for allegedly possession child pornography.

"As a result, the court questions whether there is any way to adequately monitor that defendant does not have any unsupervised interactions with minor children," Brown wrote.

McDaniel is accused of murdering and dismembering his fellow Mercer Law School graduate Lauren Giddings last June.

The defense asked for bond of no more than $100,000.

The defense says McDaniel is entitled to bond because it took more than 90 days to get an indictment after his arrest.

Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters last week asked Brown to set bond at $2.5 million.

The judge set set these five conditions for bond:

1) McDaniel should wearn an ankle monitor at all times. The monitor shall be supevised by some person or agency chosen by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

2) He must stay at his parents' Lilburn home, except to travel to court or meet with his lawyers.

3) He cannot be alone with minor children "under any circumstances."

4) He can not use pr possess any electronic communication device, such as computers or cell phones, except to contact his parents or lawyers.

5) He can not use or possess any weapons.

(WMAZ, Macon Ga. contributed to this report)