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Derrick Todd Lee appears for hearing

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee appeared in 19th Judicial District Court for a hearing Tuesday morning, where his lawyers asked for more time to prepare his post-conviction appeal. The lawyers from the public appeals defender's office asked for a year, but the judge decided six months was sufficient.

Flanked by Angola State Penitentiary's Special Response Team, Lee headed to Judge Richard D. Anderson's courtroom. Lee's new attorney, Gary Clements, argued the 45 boxes of documents from the original trial are too big to go through so quickly. He said the complexity of the case dictates more time. Anderson countered the claim. He stated the problem with post-conviction is it takes forever. Anderson then gave Lee's attorney six months to answer the motion filed by prosecutors in Dec. 2008 or he would dismiss it.

"I felt that was fair," said Ann Pace, mother of victim Charlotte Murray Pace. "They have to avoid even the appearance of any impropriety in this case. Of course, they have had he's guilty and they have had more than enough time to do everything they need to do, but they have been given six months and I'm sure at the end they will ask for more time and I hope Judge Anderson will deny them."

"The laws have not kept track of the technology," said Lynne Marino, mother of victim Pam Kinamore. "It's ridiculous to have all these post-conviction appeals, ridiculous."

Lee did not say anything during the hearing or on his way to court. He glanced at the packed courtroom during his hearing, rocking back and forth. It's been more than three years since he was before the court that ordered his execution in 2006. One lady shuddered when she found out Lee was in the courtroom next to her. The two mothers of victims also pointed out they thought Lee looked fit.

"I thought the state is taking good care of him, which upsets me. I don't know why we struggle so much to keep him so healthy so he can be put to death. It's a ridiculous waste of taxpayers' time and a slap in the face to the families of the victims," Marino explained. "He looked better than when I last saw him, so obviously, prison must be agreeing with him," Pace added.

Many people were surprised to see Lee at the courthouse at all. He and his attorneys are due back in court in six months.


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