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Man to stand trial in 3 Las Vegas cold case slayings

Man to stand trial in 3 Las Vegas cold case slayings

CREATED Dec. 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 63-year-old man who prosecutors call a serial killer will stand trial in the cold case slayings of three women in Las Vegas.

Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman ruled Wednesday that prosecutors presented enough evidence for Nathaniel Burkett to face three murder charges and one felony sexual assault count.

Las Vegas police say DNA evidence links Burkett to the April 1978 slaying of 22-year-old Barbara Ann Cox, and the separate 1994 slayings of 27-year-old Tina Gayle Mitchell and 32-year-old Los Angeles resident Althea Maria Williams.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Burkett didn't testify at his evidentiary hearing.

Prosecutors say each woman was strangled and found in a West Las Vegas neighborhood not far from Burkett's apartment.

Burkett remains jailed pending arraignment in Clark County District Court.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,