Facing death, Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee loses state Supreme Court appeal

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NEW ORLEANS — A man convicted of murdering two women and linked to five other south Louisiana slayings has lost his latest appeal in a death penalty case.

Louisiana's Supreme Court on Friday rejected Derrick Todd Lee's appeal of his conviction and death sentence in the 2002 death of LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace in Baton Rouge.

Lee's arguments included a claim that the district court provided the defense with too little funding for adequate DNA testing of evidence. The high court rejected that and other arguments.

Lee also was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 2002 killing of Geralyn Barr DeSoto of Addis. He also was implicated in the slaying of a woman in Lafayette, one in Zachary and three others in Baton Rouge.

The deaths occurred between 1998 and 2003.

Friday's opinion said nothing Lee presented on appeal "establishes that any amount of additional funding would have given rise to discovery of evidence excluding him as the DNA contributor or casting reasonable doubt on the State's case."

The court also rejected claims that the state failed to present enough evidence to support the conviction and sentence. And it rejected his argument that his lawyer was ineffective.

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