The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office does not have to turn over more than 800,000 documents from a serial killer task force to attorneys for condemned serial murderer Derrick Todd Lee, a judge ruled Wednesday.
State District Judge Richard Anderson granted a Sheriff’s Office request for a protective order after a detective testified and a Sheriff’s Office attorney arguedthe task force computer hard drive contains confidential and privileged information, including material on confidential informants.
Anderson was told that, as the holder of a hunting license with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, his name and some personal information is included in the task force records.
Lee’s attorneys promised to appeal the judge’s ruling to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which bothered family members of three of Lee’s alleged victims.
Those family members sat in the front row of the courtroom adjacent to Lee during the lengthy hearing.
There is “no appeal’’ for Lee’s victims or their loved ones, said Ann Pace, the mother of murder victim Charlotte Murray Pace.
“There’s no prayer that will bring them back,’’ Pace said outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse.
The mother of murder victim Pam Kinamore, Lynne Marino, glared at Lee when he entered the courtroom, but Lee did not look in her direction.
“He won’t look at me,’’ she said afterward.
Lee, 42, of St. Francisville, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 2004 in the 2002 killing of Pace’s daughter, 22, a former LSU graduate student.
Evidence of Lee’s alleged slaying of Kinamore, 44, and three other women, including Trineisha Dené Colomb, of Lafayette, was introduced at the trial.
“Just waiting for justice to be done,’’ Colomb’s father, Sterling Colomb, said outside the courthouse.
Lee also was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in the 2002 killing of Geralyn Barr DeSoto, 21, of Addis.
Lee is suspected of killing seven south Louisiana women between 1998 and 2003.
Prosecutor Dana Cummings said she shares the frustration felt by the family members of Lee’s victims.
“It’s gone too far. This is ridiculous. That’s enough,’’ she said.
Cummings also charged in her comments outside court that the way the death penalty is administered in Louisiana is “cruel’’ to the families of victims.
Wednesday’s hearing was part of Lee’s post-conviction appeal.
Lee’s latest attorneys claim his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence should be thrown out and he should be retried because his court-appointed trial lawyers were underfunded and ineffective.
Cummings and Marie Scavetta, one of Lee’s attorneys, told Anderson they are close to reaching an agreement that will allow defense experts to test DNA evidence used at Lee’s trial.
Anderson did not schedule a new hearing date in the case.