Challenging DNA evidence did not save accused Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, 35, from a first-degree murder conviction. His attorneys will try persuading jurors to spare him the death penalty for beating and stabbing to death a 22-year-old woman, the Associated Press reports. Jurors begin hearing testimony today on the penalty, including defense arguments of mental illness and retardation. “Clearly, we are going to try to show that the death penalty is not appropriate,” said Mike Mitchell, Lee’s public defender.
Lee’s lawyers called no witnesses, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. A prosecutor, however, said the DNA cited in the case “is Derrick Todd Lee’s profile. He can’t run. He can’t hide.”