Timeline of Events: Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee
BATON ROUGE - Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was sentenced to a life sentence and death for the murder of two women. DNA evidence was also used to link Lee to five additional killings from 1998 to 2003. He was still waiting on death row at the time of his death at the age of 47. Here is a timeline of events that covers the murders, the case, and Lee's eventual death:
Sept. 24, 2001 - Gina Wilson Green killed
On Sept. 24, 2001, 40-year-old Gina Wilson Green was found murdered in her home on Stanford Avenue near LSU. Autopsy report shows she was raped and strangled.
Police said her cell phone and purse were missing. The cellphone was found weeks later in an alley on Choctaw Street.
DNA evidence was taken from the crime scene and was analyzed at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Jan 14, 2002 – Geralyn DeSoto killed
On Jan. 14, 2002, Darren DeSoto found his 21-year-old wife Geralyn Desoto lying in a pool of blood in her Baton Rouge home.
Geralyn DeSoto was an LSU student and was planning to attend graduate school in the fall of 2002.
Desoto’s husband was the lead suspect in her murder before evidence linked to Lee.
May 31, 2002 – Charlotte Murray Pace killed
On May 31, 2002, a roommate found 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace's body at her apartment in Baton Rouge.
Autopsy reports said Pace was stabbed over 80 times and raped. She also received other defensive injuries showing she tried to fight off her attacker.
Pace had recently graduated from LSU as one of the youngest students to receive an MBA degree in business administration.
July 9, 2002 – Diane Alexander attacked
Police said on July 9, 2002, Diane Alexander was attacked at her home in Breaux Bridge.
Alexander later told police that a black male knocked on her door asking to use her phone. Alexander said when the man found out her husband was not home, he overpowered her and attempted to rape her.
Investigators said the man beat her and tried to strangle her with a telephone chord.
Alexander's son arrived at the home during the time of the attack and found his mother on the floor lying in blood.
She survived the attack and after five days was able to help police develop a composite sketch of her attacker.
July 12, 2002 – Pam Kinamore killed
On July 12, 2002, 44-year-old Pam Kinamore was kidnapped from her home, beaten and raped.
Police said her husband arrived at their Briarwood Place home and found spots of blood on a bedroom rug, disheveled furniture, and his wife was missing.
There were no signs of forced entry into the home.
Investigators said three days later a survey crew found her body just south of the Whiskey Bay exit on I-10.
Kinamore had defensive injuries as well as cuts to her neck. DNA taken from the body matched the attacker who murdered Green and Pace.
Kinamore owned Comforts and Joys Antique Shop in Denham Springs.
Nov. 21, 2002 – Trineisha Dene Colomb killed
23-year-old Trineisha Dene Colomb was kidnapped from her Lafayette home on November 21, 2002. Investigators said her car, purse, and keys were found in Grand Coteau near the cemetery where her mother was buried just seven months earlier.
Police said a hunter found her body three days later in the woods near Scott, La.
Autopsy reports said Colomb died from blunt force trauma to the head. DNA from semen taken from Colomb's body matched the DNA profile consistent with the Green, Pace and Kinamore murders.
Colomb was the first black victim and the first victim outside of the Baton Rouge area linked to Lee.
Mar. 3 2003 – Carrie Lynn Yoder killed
On March 3, 2003, 26-year-old Carrie Lynn Yoder was kidnapped from her LSU apartment between 6 p.m to 12 a.m.
Ten days later, her body was found in Whiskey Bay near where Pam Kinamore’s body was found. Police believe her body was thrown from a nearby bridge.
Baton Rouge Police said Yoder was beaten, raped, and strangled to death.
Baton Rouge Police said DNA evidence recovered during the autopsy and analyzed at the Louisiana State Police crime lab matched the DNA profile from the murders of Green, Pace, Kinamore and Colomb.
Yoder was a biological sciences graduate student at LSU.
May 5, 2003
Baton Rouge Police obtained a DNA sample from Derrick Todd Lee. BRPD said the DNA sample taken from Lee matched the DNA sample taken from Yoder's body.
May 26, 2003
On May 26, 2003, an arrest warrant was issued for Derrick Todd Lee for the first-degree murder of Carrie Lynn Yoder.
May 27, 2003
The Atlanta Police Department's Fugitive Squade arrested Derrick Todd Lee on May 27, 2003.
Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington told CNN that Lee did not resist.
"I know now that we have taken a very dangerous person that's a serial murder suspect off the streets of Atlanta, and I'm sure the citizens of Louisiana are proud as well that we've taken this very dangerous person off our streets," Pennington said.
Later that week Lee was extradited back to Louisiana.
August 10, 2004
On August 10, 2004, a West Baton Rouge Parish Jury convicted Lee of the second-degree murder of Geralyn Desoto.
October 13, 2004
Another jury found Lee guilty of killing Charlotte Murray Pace.
Jan. 16 2016
Lee was rushed to the hospital from his confinement in Angola due to an unknown medical issue.
Jan 21, 2016
Lee died shortly before 9 a.m. while receiving medical care at a Baton Rouge hospital. He was 47-years-old.
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