Derrick Todd Lee
Derrick Todd Lee
|Derrick Todd Lee|
|Birth name:||Derrick Todd Lee|
|Also known as:||Baton Rouge Serial Killer|
St. Francisville, Louisiana
|Number of victims:||seven confirmed|
|Span of killings:||1992–2003|
Derrick Todd Lee (born 1968 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA) is a convicted murderer nicknamed the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.
He was linked by DNA to the deaths of seven women in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas in Louisiana, and in 2004 was convicted of the murders of Geralyn DeSoto and Charlotte Murray Pace. Newspapers have suggested a link with other unsolved murders in the area, but the police lack DNA evidence to prove these connections.
The murder method has varied with nearly each case. Similarities between the crimes include the removal of phones from the victim’s belongings and the lack of forced entry. Most murders were committed in the area around Louisiana State University (LSU), with two of the bodies being found in Whiskey Bay.
A task force organized by then Mayor-President Bobby Simpson located Lee in Atlanta, Georgia. Lee waived extradition and was returned to Baton Rouge and tried in August 2004 for the murder of Geralyn DeSoto, who was found dead in her home in Addis, Louisiana. DeSoto had been stabbed numerous times. DeSoto’s husband was the primary suspect, but DNA evidence creating a possible link to Lee was discovered as the murder investigation progressed. Although eligible for first degree murder charges, the District Attorney elected to try Lee for murder in the second degree, since DeSoto was not sexually assaulted and thus a first-degree murder conviction would be harder to obtain. He was convicted by jury and sentenced to life without parole by the Honorable Robin Free.
There was some argument on grounds that Derrick Lee was perhaps incompetent to stand trial, it was mentioned prior to his court hearing Lee scored an average of 65 on various standardized I.Q. tests, a score below 69 is considered to be the threshold for mental retardation.
Lee was convicted on October 14, 2004, for the May 31, 2002 rape and murder of LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace. Lee was sentenced to die by lethal injection. On January 16, 2008, the state Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction and death sentence.
Lee is currently on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.
During the manhunt, John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, named the Baton Rouge Serial Killer to his Top 10 Fugitives of 2002 at #3.
- “Hunting a Killer: Did racial profiling slow the search for a Louisiana serial murderer?” Newsweek. May 31, 2003. (subscription required)
- “DNA Dragnet”, CBSnews.com (multimedia presentation)
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