The Trial of Derrick Todd Lee

Background and the Latest Developments

Charlotte Murray Pace
Charlotte Murray Pace. Family photo

Derrick Todd Lee who accused of terrorizing Louisiana with a series of at least seven murders of women in 2002 and 2003, is facing trial in four of the cases on charges of murder, two of them death penalty cases.

Investigators are continuing to seek evidence in the cases of other missing and murdered women in Louisiana and Mississippi to see if can be linked to Lee's travels as a truck driver in the region.

Latest Developments

No Lafayette Trial for Derrick Todd Lee
Jan. 11, 2005
Louisiana convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee will not be tried for murder of Trineisha Dene Colomb in Lafayette because prosecutors said the victim's family has already been through enough.

Previous Developments

Jury Recommends Death for Derrick Todd Lee
Oct. 14,2004
A jury took 93 minutes to recommend the death sentence for Derrick Todd Lee for the brutal murder of Charlotte Murray Pace, rejecting expert defense witness testimony that Lee is mentally retarded.

Baton Rouge Serial Killer Found Guilty
Oct. 12, 2004
It took a Baton Rouge jury less than 80 minutes to find Derrick Todd Lee guilty of capital murder in the death of Charlotte Murray Pace after the defense rested its case without calling a single witness.

Eye Witness Identifies Derrick Todd Lee
Oct. 11, 2004
A woman who survived an attack by Derrick Todd Lee because her son came home unexpectedly identified Lee as the person who tried to rape her to jurors in his trial for the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace in Baton Rouge.

DNA Evidence Stacks Up Against Derrick Tood Lee
Oct. 6, 2004
A Louisiana Police Crime Lab forensic analyst testified that when she first saw the DNA profile of Derrick Todd Lee she recognized it immediately, because it was a unusual and she had seen it so many times before -- in investigations of five murder cases within 18 months.

State Nails DNA Evidence to Derrick Todd Lee
Oct. 5, 2004
Louisiana State Police Crime Lab DNA analyst Julia Naylor told jurors that the chance that DNA evidence taken from the body of Charlotte Murray Pace belonged to someone other than defendant Derrick Todd Lee was once in 3.6 quadrillion.

Jury Sees Crime Scene Photos in Derrick Todd Lee Trial
Oct. 4, 2004
The roommate of Charlotte Murray Pace described the bloody crime scene to jurors as they viewed more than 100 photographs of the scene in the opening day in the murder trial of suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee in Baton Rouge.

Jury Selection Nears End in Derrick Todd Lee Case
Sept. 29, 2004
After almost two weeks, jury selection in the trial of Derrick Todd Lee may be coming to a close as 12 regular jurors have been seated in the trial for the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace. Four alternates still need to be selected.

Lee Faces Death Penalty in 2nd Trial
Sept. 13, 2004
Derrick Todd Lee, already convicted of one of a series of murders he is accused of committing in Louisiana from 1998 to 2003, faces the death penalty if he is convicted for the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace in a trial that begins today.

Jury Finds Derrick Todd Lee Guilty - Aug. 10, 2004
A Louisiana jury took less than two hours to find suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee guilty of second-degree murder in the 2002 beating and stabbing death of a 21-year-old woman in her Addis, La.


Lee, 35, will face a mandatory life sentence in the death of Geralyn DeSoto, who was killed on the day that she registered to enter graduate school at LSU.

Lee still faces first-degree murder charges in two other cases, in which he could possibly receive the death penalty. See: Serial Killing Suspect Guilty of One Murder.

Prosecution Rests After Derrick Todd Lee's Son Testifies - Aug. 9, 2004
Prosecutors rested their case after a day of testimony featuring that of Lee's 15-year-old son, who identified a set of bloody boots linked to the murder of Geralyn DeSoto. Lee's attorneys are expected to begin presenting evidence in his defense as trial continues in the January 2002 death.

Husband Describes Crime Scene - Aug. 6, 2004
The husband of a woman who prosecutors believe was slain by a serial killer described how he found his wife in their mobile home with her throat cut.

Lee Complains About Public Defender - Aug. 6, 2004
Derrick Todd Lee told a judge that he's unhappy with the case being presented by his public defender. "This ain’t no fame and fortune to me," Lee said in court Friday. "My life is on the line."

Jury Seated in Lee Trial - Aug. 5, 2004
Opening arguments in the first trial against serial killings suspect Derrick Todd Lee began in Port Allen, Louisiana where Lee faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Geralyn DeSoto - one of seven women Lee is suspected of killing.