DNA Key to Serial Killings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DNA evidence has reportedly linked a sixth victim to the south Louisiana serial killer. Experts say DNA appears to link the murder of 21-year-old Geralyn DeSoto of Addis, Louisiana, to the same man suspected in the killings of five other south Louisiana women.

Serial killing suspect, Derrick Todd Lee, is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail. On June 25, a grand jury in Baton Rouge is scheduled to hear evidence of four killings in East Baton Rouge Parish, including the murder of Jackson, Mississippi, native Charlotte Murray Pace, 22.

A grand jury in Lafayette Parish will later consider evidence in a murder committed outside of Lafayette. Police also are looking at other unsolved murders for a link to Lee.

DeSoto, an LSU graduate student, was found stabbed and beaten to death in her Addis home in January 2002. Chief Deputy Mike Cazes of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said, since Lee's DNA profile matches DNA found DeSoto's body, he "cannot be excluded as the donor or the person who left the DNA."


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