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Doyle
12-03-2003, 06:05 AM
Investigators from West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spent the day combing the former St. Francisville residence of serial killer suspect Derrick Todd Lee for evidence relating to the slaying of Geralyn DeSoto.
http://2theadvocate.com/livepages4/241.shtml

mushyb
01-14-2004, 04:00 PM
'Mini-trial' begins Wednesday in the Derrick Todd Lee case

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/011404/new_dtlu001.shtml

Doyle
01-16-2004, 05:59 AM
A nurse who survived a beating and attempted rape in her home in 2002 pointed to serial killing suspect Derrick Todd Lee in a courtroom Thursday and said he was the attacker.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-01-16-rape-suspect_x.htm

Doyle
02-08-2004, 07:08 AM
The first trial for Derrick Todd Lee, who is accused in the serial killings of six south Louisiana women, has been rescheduled for May 10 after defense attorneys argued Friday that they need more time to prepare their case
http://crime.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.theneworleanschannel.com/news/2827161/detail.html

Doyle
02-23-2004, 05:21 AM
Although he is accused of being a serial killer, Derrick Todd Lee's first trial may involve someone who survived.
http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/022204/new_lee001.shtml

Richard
04-06-2007, 11:50 AM
Randi Jane Mebruer
Missing since April 18, 1998 from Zachary, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Classification: Involuntary

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: March 18, 1970
Age at Time of Disappearance: 28 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2"; 115 - 120 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female. Brown hair; brown eyes. Her ears are pierced.
Marks, Scars: She has a small heart tattooed on one of her breasts.
Other: Her maiden name is Cieslewicz.
Dentals: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance

Mebruer was last seen at the local video store near her home in Zachary, Louisiana on April 18, 1998.

She and her young son returned to their residence on Saul Avenue at approximately 7:00 PM. Mebruer has never been seen again. Her son walked to a neighbor's home the following morning and said that his mother was missing.

Inside the house, there was blood and signs of a struggle. Investigators believe that Mebruer was assaulted inside her residence and her body was taken elsewhere.

In February 2004 Louisiana police booked serial-killer suspect Derrick Todd Lee with first-degree murder in the abduction of Randi Mebruer. DNA found at the scene was later confirmed to be that of Derrick Todd Lee.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Zachary Police Department 225-654-9393

Agency Case Number: 98-042403
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.


Source Information:
The Crime Library
New Orleans Magazine 1/6/05
North American Missing Persons Network
The Doe Network: Case File 1714DFLA

Richard
04-03-2008, 01:54 PM
Bumping this case up. This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the disappearance of Randi Jane Mebruer.

neverletgo
04-10-2013, 02:37 PM
:bump: for Randi, missing 15 years this month. :(

Snipped:


There was a break in Mebruer's case in February 2004, when DNA testing linked suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee to her presumed murder.

and


Mebruer has never been located. Police continue to search for her remains.


http://i.imgur.com/mhz0Dq6.jpg
Randi Jane Mebruer (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/mebruer_randi.html)

BayouBelle_LA
09-20-2015, 02:55 PM
Final state appeals for convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee were rejected Friday, case now moves to federal courts

http://theadvocate.com/news/13483995-133/final-state-appeals-for-convicted

bessie
09-28-2015, 12:27 AM
Final state appeals for convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee were rejected Friday, case now moves to federal courts (http://theadvocate.com/news/13483995-133/final-state-appeals-for-convicted)
Joe Gyan jr.| jgyan@theadvocate.com
Sept. 18, 2015; 6:14 p.m.

Louisiana’s highest court put an end Friday to condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee’s state court appeals, more than a decade after he was convicted and sentenced to death in the brutal 2002 slaying of 22-year-old LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace in her Baton Rouge home.

The state Supreme Court said it found no error in state District Judge Richard Anderson’s August 2014 ruling that rejected Lee’s request for a new trial.

The high court also stated it found “no basis” for sending the case back to Anderson for an evidentiary hearing and “no grounds” for throwing out his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence.

“That’s awesome. That’s wonderful news. I’m so stunned,” Pace’s mother, Ann Pace, said when told of the action taken by the Louisiana Supreme Court. “It’s been 11 years (since the 2004 trial). I had almost given up hope that it would finish this second part.”
Lee’s attorney, Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana director Gary Clements, said he will now take Lee’s case to U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge for the federal post-conviction relief stage — a stage that can take years.

more at the link

bessie
09-28-2015, 12:30 AM
Serial killer closer to execution in woman's death (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/09/21/la-serial-killer-closer-execution-paces-death/72575268/)
Jimmie E. Gates, The Clarion-Ledger 8:23 p.m. CDT September 22, 2015

Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee is one step closer to being executed for the 2002 killing of 22-year-old Jackson native Charlotte Murray Pace.

[...]
“ It has been 11 years since this serial murderer was convicted and sentenced to death in the vicious, violent murder of my daughter, Jackson native and Millsaps graduate Murray Pace,” Ann Pace said. “It has taken 11 long, often frustrating, often heartbreaking years for surviving family and friends of this killer’s numerous victims to complete only the first two of three levels of adjudication. We now face the third (federal) level of appeals that will begin in the federal district court in Baton Rouge and end on an unknown timeline at the US Supreme Court (again).”

more at the link

YESorNO
01-20-2016, 11:19 AM
Derrick Todd Lee in fourth day of medical treatment outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola

"Derrick Todd Lee, the 47-year-old St. Francisville man convicted in the murders of two women and suspected in the deaths of five other women, was in his fourth day of treatment outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Tuesday for unspecified medical reasons.

Lee’s attorney, Gary Clements...“He’s a human being. He has a family. We’re gonna take care of it. Just let the man get his medical treatment,” Clements said.
lements said privacy laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act prevent him from talking about Lee’s ailment. “These (laws) don’t disappear when you get on death row,” Clements said.

Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said Lee had been transported Saturday somewhere beyond the boundaries of Angola prison, where Lee is on death row for the 2002 slaying of Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, and is serving a life sentence in the 2002 murder of Geralyn Barr DeSoto, 21. He’s suspected of killing five other women but was not tried in those cases..."

http://theadvocate.com/news/14620491-123/derrick-todd-lee-in-fourth-day-of-medical-treatment-outside-the-louisiana-state-penitentiary-at-ango

Hiandmighty
01-20-2016, 11:45 AM
Back when this was all going on I had heard they knew the serial killer had sickle cell anemia. This is obviously hearsay and I obviously can't back it up.

geauxgirl
01-21-2016, 12:18 PM
Dead. May the victims families have some peace now.

http://www.wafb.com/story/31022385/officials-confirm-convicted-serial-killer-derrick-todd-has-died?clienttype=generic&sf19369943=1

geauxgirl
01-21-2016, 12:20 PM
Back when this was all going on I had heard they knew the serial killer had sickle cell anemia. This is obviously hearsay and I obviously can't back it up.
I'm pretty sure you are right. I recall this as well that is how they were able to shift from looking for a white guy to a black one. (One of the witnesses said they saw a white man in a white truck).

Tony1902
01-21-2016, 12:49 PM
I'm pretty sure you are right. I recall this as well that is how they were able to shift from looking for a white guy to a black one. (One of the witnesses said they saw a white man in a white truck).

They confused White with a Creole of color, African American. Back when some of the first posters were up in Breaux Bridge, everyone kept saying 'Dude's Creole, man.'

Hiandmighty
01-21-2016, 12:55 PM
I didn't want to get anyone in trouble but I had heard from someone who had heard from someone who had worked at the state crime lab that blood analysis showed sickle cell anemia.

I Speculate it may have been from Pace's case, IIRC she fought hard for her life and she injured him and drew blood....

colette
01-21-2016, 01:43 PM
One less evil monsters in the world. Glad to see him go. He had no remorse and taunted everyone during the murders.

Teche
01-21-2016, 01:50 PM
I continue to keep the victims and their families in my thoughts and prayers. O/T: Geaux Girl...I'm from south Louisiana.

rhapsdy
01-21-2016, 02:06 PM
http://theadvocate.com/news/14639119-127/breaking-convicted-serial-killer-derrick-todd-lee-dies-at-local-hospital


Just posting the story about Derrick Todd Lee dying this morning to update this thread.

Bootsctr
01-21-2016, 06:59 PM
Glad he's gone from this earth! He still left families with questions. Very cruel!

Kimberlyd125
01-21-2016, 08:02 PM
I live in Zachary. This monster tormented my town for years.
I graduated with Connie Warner's daughter. I went to school with the young couple who was hacked up in the cemetery that's less than a mile from my house. I know the detective that tried to get the task force to look into DTL. He is now our Chief of Police. There is a memorial tree for Randi M. planted at the local ballpark where my daughter plays softball. This animal got his evil start right in my backyard.
When I read "I've Been Watching You" I was so unnerved because I knew so many people in that book.

I did a happy dance today.
Rot DTL. ROT!

KateB
01-21-2016, 11:44 PM
Dead. May the victims families have some peace now.

http://www.wafb.com/story/31022385/officials-confirm-convicted-serial-killer-derrick-todd-has-died?clienttype=generic&sf19369943=1

From your link:

http://wafb.images.worldnow.com/images/9700382_G.jpg
http://wafb.images.worldnow.com/images/9700382_G.jpg

geauxgirl
01-22-2016, 04:01 PM
A blog post about living in B.R. during the years that DTL was active. http://www.wbrz.com/news/sylvia-baton-rouge-was-a-scary-place-during-serial-killer-years

Kimberlyd125
01-22-2016, 04:26 PM
Here is an interesting article about some of what I spoke of yesterday about how DTL had tormented my town for years. Our police chief, was interviewed yesterday.

http://theadvocate.com/news/14639119-100/breaking-convicted-serial-killer-derrick-todd-lee-dies-at-local-hospital

Bootsctr
01-22-2016, 06:30 PM
Here is an interesting article about some of what I spoke of yesterday about how DTL had tormented my town for years. Our police chief, was interviewed yesterday.

http://theadvocate.com/news/14639119-100/breaking-convicted-serial-killer-derrick-todd-lee-dies-at-local-hospital

Thanks! From your article:

"Over the next six years, Zachary police officers' and Lee's paths would cross again and again. McDavid said Lee would park his car on one side of three cemeteries - Buhler Plains, Azalea Rest, and a public cemetery which are all next to each other on Old Scenic Highway - and cut through them to get to the Oak Shadow subdivision and nearby area."

.... Regarding the search of Lee's house in 1998 after Ms. Mebruer's disappearance...

"McDavid said during the search he was looking for car keys. He believes that Lee took a souvenir, car keys from each of his victims, at least the Zachary victims. The killer had taken Warner's car and Mebruer's keys were missing."

Bootsctr
01-22-2016, 06:43 PM
Just looking at the photos of his victims... Beautiful women. They all look so warm and friendly. Gorgeous smiles! Then I caught a picture of Lee. He has that dead-eye look. Like, he could look at you, but not see a human being. Definitely void of any recognizable emotion. He was a killing machine. How many more deaths was he responsible for that are still unknown?

Teche
01-22-2016, 06:55 PM
The St. Martin Parish (16th JDA) Assistant DA was interviewed by KATC and he stated that DTL couldn't have died from a heart-related illness because he had no heart. He went on to say that he hoped DTL burns in hell. The assistant DA words match what many of our south Louisiana residents.

KateB
01-22-2016, 06:59 PM
Another post by the Advocate, with quotes from some of the family of the victims.
http://theadvocate.com/news/14643564-128/derrick-todd-lees-death-at-hospital-closes-long-ordeal-although-with-some-frustration-for-family-mem


Ann Pace, the mother of Charlotte Murray Pace, said Lee’s death robbed her of the justice she sought.

“The sentencing had a true feel of finality. We simply did not understand that the jury’s decision, the close of the trial, none of that would matter in the convoluted system that passes for justice,” Ann Pace wrote in an email. “The capital offender has what seemed to be limitless appeals. Appeals so frustrating, so lengthy, that some of us died before we could get to the end of it all — including, now, the killer himself.”
But while Lynda Yoder described the appeals process as difficult, she was pleased to see it end. “It’s over, and we couldn’t be happier,” she said.

Michael Mebruer, the ex-husband of suspected Lee victim Randi Mebruer, said any hope of finding her body disappeared with Lee’s death.

“We always felt there was that 1 percent chance that he might say where he put her. This morning, that died,” he said. “To have no hope at all is incomprehensible, really.”
The first murder?


Melanie Barr, the mother of DeSoto, said she found no joy in Lee’s death. Now, she said, “he goes to meet the Lord and the Lord will pass the true sentence against him.”

“His sentence here on Earth is nothing compared to what he’ll suffer when he goes before God if he hasn’t made his peace,” Barr said.

Comments from prosecutors and more, including a brief history at link.

bessie
01-24-2016, 06:33 AM
Not everyone will get closure with serial killer's unexpected death Thursday (http://www.wbrz.com/news/not-everyone-will-get-closure-with-serial-killer-s-unexpected-death-thursday/)
January 21, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ By: Trey Schmaltz

Lee was convicted in two attacks but DNA linked him to five others. There are likely more, authorities speculate.
Mari Ann Fowler is believed to have been abducted and killed by Lee. She vanished from the parking lot of a sandwich shop in West Baton Rouge on Christmas Eve 2002. Her body was never found.

"There's two things that eat me up every day and one of them is I have no where to go to pay my respects to my mother and I've never given her the resting place I know she deserves," Fowler's son, John Pritchett said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss.

Derrick Todd Lee dies without revealing what happened to Mari Ann Fowler — West Baton Rouge investigators say the case of her disappearance remains open (http://theadvocate.com/news/14649928-93/autopsy-underway-in-baton-rouge-on-serial-killer-derrick-todd-lee)


DNA Tests Come Up Empty in Case of Mari Ann Fowler (http://www.wafb.com/story/1394957/dna-tests-come-up-empty-in-case-of-mari-ann-fowler)
Undated from 2002-2003

Tonight new results are in for the heart-wrenching case of the kidnapping of Mari Ann Fowler - wife of former Elections Commissioner Jerry Fowler. For weeks her friends and family have been anxiously awaiting DNA tests from Fowler's fingernails that could tell whether her disappearance is linked to the south Louisiana serial killer. WAFB's Jennifer Hale has the results.

After careful testing, the Reliagene Lab in New Orleans could find no DNA evidence anywhere on Mari Ann Fowler's fake fingernail tips. These are the nails that likely popped off while Fowler struggled with her attacker. This means we can't link Fowler to serial killer suspect Derrick Todd Lee - but we also can't rule him out either.

In an exclusive interview, Fowler's only son says the news is a double edged sword, "I really hate to think of my mother having to suffer the way this person committed his crimes, but yet I need to know

Hiandmighty
01-25-2016, 03:33 PM
This is actually the first time I heard they were looking to connect DTL with Fowler. I pass that subway shop in port Allen often and I think of her every time.

I always thought she was targeted for an abduction because she IIRC was grabbed at her car in the parking lot and no one saw a thing. Weird.

rhapsdy
01-25-2016, 03:41 PM
I'm actually friends with her step children and we were just talking about this today and how his death made them feel. Apparently the west baton rouge police really believe her disapearance (Fowler) was by Derek Todd Lee...they just didn't have enough definitive proof to move forward with that. There was video footage of her abduction but it just wasn't clear enough to help with the case.

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Hiandmighty
01-25-2016, 03:49 PM
Interesting. Well, tell them as I said I pass that subway often and every single time I think about her and what happened and her family, etc. I've never forgotten her or her family.

Was the video ever released to the public? Do you know?

colette
01-25-2016, 05:23 PM
I always thought Lee killed Mrs. Fowler, so sad her family has not been able to bring her home.

rhapsdy
01-25-2016, 09:22 PM
Interesting. Well, tell them as I said I pass that subway often and every single time I think about her and what happened and her family, etc. I've never forgotten her or her family.

Was the video ever released to the public? Do you know?

I'll let them know! I don't think the video has ever been released. I found a few more references to it online and also a great article talking about why they believe Lee as involved....apparently his cell phone pinged very close to where she was abducted at the time of her abduction.



On Christmas Eve in 2002, Mari Ann was on her way from Louisiana to Texas to visit her incarcerated husband when she stopped at a Subway sandwich shop at a strip mall in Port Allen. Shortly after purchasing some food, Mari Ann disappeared. Her vehicle was left behind with wrapped Christmas presents inside, and her food, purse, and keys were scattered in the parking lot. Some false fingernails were also found on the ground, which likely came off when Mari Ann struggled with an attacker.
Investigators checked footage from a nearby surveillance camera. Although it was hard to see anything at first, the FBI eventually enhanced the footage enough to make out the image of Mari Ann being forced into a Chevy pickup truck before it sped out of the strip mall parking lot. Unfortunately, the footage was not clear enough to provide an adequate shot of the assailant.
The most likely suspect is Derrick Todd Lee, the notorious Baton Rouge serial killer, who is currently on death row for the murders of at least seven women. Lee owned a pickup truck similar to the one seen in the surveillance footage, and cell phone records placed him in Port Allen on the day of the abduction. However, there has never been enough evidence to conclusively link him with Mari Ann Fowler’s disappearance. To date, she has not been found.

Coroner's Journal: https://books.google.ca/books?id=9sraMrqIeFkC&pg=PA279&lpg=PA279&dq=mari+ann+fowler+surveillance&source=bl&ots=0XjYyIh9IC&sig=54FwzmO5Bdu3xXLBUKxGfT6nKfs&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=mari%20ann%20fowler%20surveillance&f=false

Article about the Cell Phone:
jacksonville:http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/012804/D80BVIIO2.shtml

Hiandmighty
02-07-2016, 06:48 PM
I've been reading up/refreshing my memory of things related to DTL since the Boisfintaine case was reopened and DTL died, etc. I bought and read Dr. Mary Manhein's book "Trail of Bones" (forensic anthropologist and director of LSU FACES lab, now retired --I hear--) and a few remaining thoughts for the archive:

Was it ever found out that DTL drove or has access to a white pick up truck?

An overview of the case and appeals on a law site http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-supreme-court/1398549.html shows that after they sent his DNA to Atlanta, "certain markers" came back to show the killer was possibly a black man. (This ties in with me hearing that the killer had sickle cell).

I wanted to figure out the timeline from that to when he was arrested because I never remember the task force ever announcing a change from white man/white truck to black man.

Hiandmighty
02-07-2016, 09:55 PM
An interesting link I found discussing anecdotes about DTL: http://m.topix.com/forum/state/la/T2PP6GET4O38MUG2H/p8

Hiandmighty
02-07-2016, 09:57 PM
Here is the link I wanted to post on my thread above: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-supreme-court/1398549.html