- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2003

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for a man described as the prime suspect in the killings of five women in southern Louisiana, after officials linked the man’s DNA to one of the deaths.

Derrick Todd Lee, 34, was charged in the warrant with murder and aggravated rape in the killing of Carrie Yoder, 26, a Louisiana State University graduate student who was killed in March, according to the warrant issued in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The FBI also issued a warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and police released a photo of Mr. Lee and asked the public to help locate him.

“He is to be considered armed and dangerous,” said Police Chief Pat Englade, head of the task force investigating the killings.

Jane Lee, who identified herself as Mr. Lee’s grandmother when contacted by phone in St. Francisville, said her grandson is married and has two children. She said she is concerned about the warrant but declined to answer further questions.

Chief Englade refused to answer questions at a briefing identifying Mr. Lee, saying authorities needed to continue work on the case.

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