NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was linked to the deaths of seven women in south Louisiana, died of heart disease, officials said.
In this Sept. 13, 2004, file photo, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office escort Derrick Todd Lee from a holding cell in the Governmental Building in Baton Rouge La., to an elevator for the start of jury selection in his trial in the murder of Charlotte Murray Pace. Lee died Jan. 21, 2016, days after being taken to a hospital outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he was being held on death row. Officials say convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was linked to the deaths of seven women in south Louisiana, died of heart disease. (Arthur D. Lauck/The Advocate via AP)
Chaillie Daniel, a representative for West Feliciana Parish Coroner, told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1S3ique) of Lee’s cause of death on Tuesday.
Lee died Jan. 21, days after being taken to a hospital outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he was being held on death row. Nearly two months passed without any official information on the cause of his death.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William Clark says his office performed the autopsy as part of an agreement with Daniel, the custodian of the autopsy records.
Kim Hodgin, an assistant to Daniel, said Daniel does not plan to release Lee’s autopsy report, citing patient privacy laws. She said she couldn’t provide more details about Lee’s death.
Lee had been sentenced to life in connection with the killing of 21-year-year Geralyn DeSoto in January 2002, and to death in the killing of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace four months later. Both women’s throats were cut.
Authorities also suspect Lee killed five other women in south Louisiana between 1998 and 2003. He was linked by DNA to those slayings, but wasn’t tried in those cases.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com