Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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Geralyn DeSoto became the sixth victim to be connected through DNA to serial killer suspect Derrick Todd Lee. The 21-year-old LSU graduate student was murdered at her home in Addis on January 14, 2002. Chronologically that would make DeSoto the second known serial killer victim, after Gina Wilson Green and before Charlotte Murray Pace.
Evidence found at DeSoto's murder scene had been sent to the State Police Crime Lab, but results came back inconclusive. It would be more than a year and a half before authorities would have a conclusive match to a suspect. Reliagene Technologies, a private DNA lab in New Orleans, was able to draw DNA samples from DeSoto's fingernail clippings. Those samples were a conclusive match to Derrick Todd Lee.
West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes says the reason it took so long to get a match in DeSoto's murder is because the State Police Crime Lab could not conduct the new kind of DNA tests needed to gather evidence. However, DeSoto's family long suspected that she was a victim of the serial killer, often participating in the serial killer rallies that were held monthly at the State Capitol.
In an interview back in November of 2002, DeSoto's aunt told 9 News of the eerie similarities between the murders of her niece and LSU Grad Assistant Charlotte Murray Pace. She said she was told -- "If she would have been able to walk into the scene of the Pace murder, it would have bee like looking at Geralyn. It's that similar."
DeSoto and Pace were murdered around the same time of day, between noon and 2 p.m. Both women were LSU grad students. In fact, detectives say the day of her murder, DeSoto had just returned from LSU where she registered for graduate classes. Like Pace, DeSoto was badly beaten and stabbed as many as 10 times. You may remember Pace's portable telephone was never found, neither was DeSoto's. But perhaps the most striking similarity -- DeSoto's throat was slashed just like Pace's.