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Convicted Baton Rouge area serial killer's appeal nixed

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Condemned serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's latest appeal has been turned down by La. District Judge Richard Anderson.

Lee's lawyers had asked to have evidence presented at his 1004 capital murder trial examined by a private lab. 

Judge Anderson on Thursday denied the defense motion after prosecutor Dana Cummings objected.

The specific evidence in question was from 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, arguing 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.

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