September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trial has been pushed back to January for an aging ex-convict facing the death penalty in the cold case slayings of three women in Las Vegas 16 years apart.
Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Smith agreed to postpone trial for Nathaniel Burkett after the public defenders handling his case sought more time.
Police call Burkett a serial killer.
He faces murder and one felony sexual assault charges stemming from 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 Althea Maria Williams.
Prosecutors allege that each woman was strangled to death in a West Las Vegas neighborhood not far from Burkett's apartment.
He's listed in jail records as 64, but authorities say he may be 67.