LOS ANGELES (AP) - A career criminal suspected of murdering three Los Angeles women in the 1980s has been indicted by a grand jury and his case will go directly to trial.
Los Angeles police Detective Mitzi Roberts says Samuel Little was indicted Wednesday and he has pleaded not guilty to the new counts, which replace three murder charges originally filed by prosecutors.
The indictment means there's no preliminary hearing where prosecutors must present evidence and the defense can cross-examine witnesses.
Detectives allege the 72-year-old former boxer knocked out and strangled women while sexually pleasuring himself.
His rap sheet details crimes in 24 states over 56 years, and authorities in many of those jurisdictions are re-examining old unsolved killings in light of his LA arrest.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 18.
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