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Serial Killing Suspect Guilty of 1 Murder

August 10, 2004

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.

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