Convicted serial killer and death row inmate Derrick Todd Lee on Sunday was receiving medical care outside the fences of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Corrections Department spokeswoman Pam Laborde confirmed in a statement that Lee, 47, was transported away from the Angola prison for medical care but declined to say where he’d been taken or what medical issues he is being treated for, citing state and federal privacy laws.
“Due to security reasons and offender privacy under state and federal laws, the Department (of Corrections) cannot provide any additional information at this time,” Laborde said.
Lee was sentenced to death for the 2002 murder of 22-year-old LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace in her Baton Rouge home.
A jury also convicted Lee of second-degree murder in the 2002 killing of 21-year-old Geralyn Barr DeSoto, of Addis, for which he was sentenced to life in prison.
Lee is suspected by authorities of killing five other women in south Louisiana between 1998 and 2003: Gina Wilson Green and Carrie Lynn Yoder, of Baton Rouge; Trineisha Dene Colomb, of Lafayette; Randi Mebruer, of Zachary; and Pam Kinamore, of Briarwood. Lee has not been tried in those cases.
According to prosecutors, DNA evidence linked Lee to those five slayings. Evidence from these cases was introduced during the penalty phase of Lee’s 2004 trial in Pace’s murder.
Lee is appealing his conviction and death sentence in federal court. The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected Lee’s final state court appeal in September.