Cold case arrest prompts cross-country probe

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2013 1:55 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio are scouring cold case files in the wake of the arrest and ensuing investigation of a suspected serial killer charged in the slayings of three Los Angeles women in the 1980s.

LAPD detectives say DNA evidence connects 72-year-old Samuel Little to the California killings and allege he could have more victims going back decades. Their probe has turned up several cases in which he was a suspect or convicted. One, in Mississippi, has been reopened.

Detectives allege Little, a former boxer, often delivered a knockout punch to women and then strangled them while sexually pleasuring himself, soon after leaving town. Little has pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.