Serial Killing Suspect Guilty of 1 Murder
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) _ A jury took less than two hours Tuesday to find a suspected serial killer guilty of second-degree murder in the January 2002 death of a 21-year-old woman.
Derrick Todd Lee, 35, faces a mandatory life sentence in Geralyn DeSoto’s death and still faces two first-degree murder charges carrying possible death sentences in other cases.
When the verdict was read, Lee was on his feet, leaning on a table. He did not react. His family stared straight ahead as the jury was polled.
Eleven jurors said guilty; one, not guilty. Ten guilty votes were required for conviction of second-degree murder.
DeSoto’s mother and father broke down and cried.
The jury took an hour and 40 minutes to reach the verdict.