Serial killer to have possible appeal hearing

Serial killer to have possible appeal hearing
Courtesy of Alex Brandon - Times-Picayune

POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 2:06pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:06pm

Derrick Todd Lee's attorney wants a new trial for the convicted serial killer, and he's filing court papers today, which is the last day left to file an appeal.

Back in 2004, Lee was sentenced to death for the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace.

Lee has a new defense team now, and Attorney Gary Clements says he's found new information that could work in Lee's favor.

Clements mailed a post-conviction application to Judge Anderson today, asking for a hearing to present new evidence, including expert testimony that DNA evidence used to convict Lee was flawed.

Clements stopped short of saying he wants his client released, but said if he's denied this hearing, he'll take the case to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Pace's family has spoken out several times, pleading for the appeals to stop.

Lee is suspected of killing five other women in Baton Rouge within months of Pace's death; he was also convicted of killing Geralyn Desoto and sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

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I think this individual may be guilty but lets face it there are a lot of holes to this case. For instance, if Lee took the cell phones from several women it was probably because they had his number or an acomplices number in the memory. How did Lee get these woman to open the door and let him in...or did he have someone working with him who had easier access to these woman. How does a guy with very low intelligence pull all this off. And most confusing is how there were items left at the crime scene that didn't belong to Lee or the women...and one was a plastic bag with DNA (sperm) in it...sounds like someone was carry the evidence to the crime scene to plant it where the police would look. If DNA can convict someone it would be an easy way to frame someone as well.

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