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For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
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The man who will defend suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee says he's ready for the challenge. Public Defender Michael Mitchell is no stranger to capital murder cases. Mitchell has put in 18 years with the Public Defender's Office- nine of them as director. He has served as the attorney in 11 capital murder cases in East Baton Rouge Parish and supervised the defense in numerous others. Nine cases resulted in life sentences and two are still pending.
Mitchell knows defending Derrick Lee will be difficult. He faces the state's number one District Attorney's Office in the nation under Doug Moreau according to the National District Attorney's Association, "I have experience in death penalty cases, and I will have to call on every inch of that experience to be involved in this case."
Mitchell says DNA will be the backbone of the prosecution's case. He will look to prove that Derrick Lee's DNA was mishandled, "The DNA in most people's mind is conclusive. But the fact of the matter is DNA is only as good as the person who collects the samples, the person who conducts the test of the samples, the people who analyze the sample."
Right now, Mitchell's biggest concern is money- or the lack of it. Mitchell says typical capital murder cases cost more than 100-thousand dollars. Derrick Lee's case could cost more than a million, "We are going to do all we can to make sure we receive the resources necessary to defend Mr. Lee. And if we don't get those resources, we're going to ask the court to stop the process."Mitchell is also considering asking for a change of venue in this case.
This is not the first time Mitchell has gone head to head with Moreau in a capital murder case. The District Attorney's office sought 24 death penalty verdicts during the first ten years of the Moreau administration. They failed to get death verdicts in only four cases -- and Mitchell was involved in three of those four cases avoiding the death penalty.