Aman convicted of murdering two women and on death row for one of the murders has died. Derrick Todd Lee fell ill over the weekend and died at a Louisiana hospital Thursday morning for yet unknown reasons.
Lee, 47, was currently serving a life sentence for one murder and a death row sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace. According to news outlet WAFB, Lee was linked to the killing of five other women, which earned him the serial killer designation. Lee stabbed Pace 81 times and beat her with an iron back in May 2002.
This past Saturday, Lee was rushed to an area hospital after falling ill due to unnamed medical reasons. An Associated Press report states that Lee was being treated for his condition and died shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday according to Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman, Pam Laborde. An autopsy to determine the cause of Lee’s death is forthcoming.
Lee was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning due to a medical condition, according to Laborde. Officials said additional information about Lee’s medical condition cannot be released due to federal and state privacy laws.
Lee, 47, was linked through DNA to the deaths of multiple women. He was convicted in two of those deaths. In 2004, he was sentenced to death in the 2002 first-degree murder of Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, of Baton Rouge. She was a graduate student at LSU at the time of her death. Lee was also convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in the January 2002 killing of Geralyn DeSoto.
Lee is suspected of killing seven women between 1998 and 2003. The other murders include Pam Kinamore, Gina Wilson Green, Carrie Lynn Yoder and Trineisha Dene’ Colomb. Prosecutors believe Lee also killed Randi Mebruer from Zachary.
The outlet also reported that Lee was having issues with his pacemaker in recent times. Last September, the Lousiana Supreme Court upheld Lee’s death sentence despite his lawyers not handing in evidence of their client suffering from possible mental disorders.