Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee remained in medical care outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Monday afternoon, a day after a corrections official confirmed the death-row inmate had been transported beyond the gates of the maximum-security facility for undisclosed health problems.
Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said Monday she did not have any updates to the announcement that Lee, 47, was receiving care somewhere other than Angola. She did not answer questions about Lee’s whereabouts, how long he’s expected to receive care outside Angola or the nature or severity of his condition. Laborde said due to state and federal privacy laws she could not disclose “any additional information at this time.”
Multiple queries to Lee’s attorney, Gary Clements, director of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, went unanswered Monday. Interim Angola Warden Darrel Vannoy said he could not provide information about Lee and referred questions to Laborde.
Lee was sentenced to death after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal 2002 killing of Charlotte Murray Pace, a 22-year-old LSU graduate student.
Pace’s throat was slashed, and her body was stabbed 81 times with a knife and screwdriver, among other forms of mutilation, according to evidence cited by state Supreme Court Justice Scott Crichton in September.
Lee was additionally sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the 2002 slaying of 21-year-old Geralyn Barr DeSoto, of Addis.
Lee also is suspected in the killings of five other women in south Louisiana between 1998 and 2003 but has not been tried in those cases. The victims include Gina Wilson Green and Carrie Lynn Yoder, of Baton Rouge; Trineisha Dene Colomb, of Lafayette; Randi Mebruer, of Zachary; and Pam Kinamore, of Briarwood.
Last September, the state Supreme Court rejected Lee’s appeal of his conviction and sentence in Pace’s killing. Lee’s counsel had argued Lee had ineffective counsel during his trial, was incompetent at the time of the proceedings and cannot be executed because he is mentally ill and brain-damaged.
Clements said in September he would seek federal post-conviction relief at the U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, a process that could take years.