Lee request for lab exam of evidence rejected

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Posted: Nov 16, 2012 9:30 AM
Updated: Nov 16, 2012 9:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - The judge presiding over condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has refused to have evidence presented at Lee's 2004 capital murder trial sent to a private lab for examination.

State District Judge Richard Anderson denied the defense motion Thursday after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected. The evidence dealt with the 2002 slaying of Charlotte Murray Pace. Cummings said the integrity of the chain of custody of the evidence must be maintained in the event the evidence is needed in a future proceeding.

Cummings argued that if Lee's attorneys want their experts to examine the evidence, it should be done at the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's Office.

Anderson agreed and gave Lee's attorneys until Feb. 7 to do so.

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