Serial killer to have possible appeal hearing
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 2:06pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:06pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — 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.