Arraignment Date Set For Accused Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

June 26, 2003

Arraignment Date Set For Accused Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

As 9 News first reported accused serial killer Derrick Todd Lee will soon make his first appearance in a Louisiana courtroom to face a murder charge. Lee is to appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in Judge Richard Anderson's courtroom. There Lee, or his lawyer, will announce his plea of guilty or not guilty of killing Charlotte Murray Pace.

District Attorney Doug Moreau says prosecutors won't have much to do at the arraignment.  Moreau says they will record Lee's plea and act accordingly. Moreau says in regular felony cases, the judge would set a date for trial. However, because Lee is charged with first-degree murder, it's likely we'll have to wait a while before Judge Anderson sets a trial date.

"In a capital case, because there regularly are going to be a lot of pretrial motions, sometimes the judge will wait, have a status conference and try to set time delays in which things are to take place," said Moreau. 

Lee's attorney, public defender Mike Mitchell, has filed motions requesting more money and preservation of evidence. Moreau says he'll respond to those motions next week.

The EBR District Attorney's Office chose only to seek an indictment in Pace's murder because it was the case which had evidence of better quality and better quantity. Pace, 23, was raped, beaten and stabbed to death in her Sharlo town home in May 2002. 

Prosecutors also filed court documents saying they plan to seek the death penalty. They also filed a motion for the judge to allow them to use evidence from four other murders -- the slayings of Gina Wilson Green, Pam Kinamore, Carrie Lynn Yoder, all of Baton Rouge and Trineisha Dene Colomb, of Lafayette -- in their prosecution of Lee in Pace's murder. However, they say the murder of Geralyn DeSoto -- the sixth victim to be connected to Derrick Lee -- will not be included in the motion at this time because West Baton Rouge authorities are still investigating her case.   

Meanwhile, West Baton Rouge Chief Deputy Mike Cazes says today his detectives delivered acrylic fingernails found at the scene where Mari Ann Fowler was abducted to scientists at Reliagene Technologies in New Orleans. That's the same lab detectives say linked the murder of Geralyn DeSoto to Lee. Cazes says it could be a couple of weeks before he gets the results of any DNA tests from those nails.

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