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Lauren Giddings of Laurel slain in Georgia

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) - A visitation is planned for a Maryland native and recent law school graduate who was found slain in Georgia.

An impromptu memorial is set up outside Lauren Giddings apartment. (Photo: Associated Press)

The gathering for 27-year-old Lauren Giddings will be held Friday at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church in Laurel.

A funeral is planned for Saturday evening at the church.

Giddings, a recent graduate of Mercer University law school in Macon, Ga., was last heard from on the evening of June 25. Five days later, police discovered her torso wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside her apartment building. Authorities are searching for other remains.

A classmate, Stephen Mark McDaniel, is charged with killing her.

Classmate charged in Laurel law grad's death

(AP, ABC7) – A recent law school graduate from Laurel, Md., was found slain at her Georgia apartment and authorities accuse her classmate of killing her.

Authorities in Georgia say a hacksaw has been recovered at the Macon apartment complex where Lauren Giddings was found slain and dismembered and where both she and the classmate accused of killing her lived.

Stephen Mark McDaniel is charged with murder in the death of the 27-year-old woman from Laurel, Md., who was last seen June 25. Five days later, police found her torso wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin beside the building. Authorities are still searching for other remains.

The Telegraph reports the arrest warrant served on the 25-year-old McDaniel on Tuesday says investigators found the saw's packaging material inside his apartment.

Giddings' father told the paper no one suspected McDaniel would be a danger to his daughter. The two were neighbors at a Macon apartment complex.

“Even the people that have known him in the past three years, they never saw it coming. ... Stephen seemed to be harmless,” Bill Giddings told the Telegraph.

Both Giddings and McDaniel graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in May. A classmate and professor spoke at a memorial service held for Giddings on July 9.

McDaniel, of Lilburn, appeared in court Wednesday. His attorney, Floyd Buford, requested a commitment hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.

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