LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge set a March 2014 trial date for an aging ex-convict from Mississippi who police describe as a serial killer responsible for the cold case slayings of three women in Las Vegas.
From a wheelchair, Nathaniel Burkett agreed Monday to the long trial date after his lawyers and a prosecutor told Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Smith they need time to prepare for a death penalty trial relying on DNA evidence from 1978 and 1994.
Burkett is in his 60s. He has pleaded not guilty to killing 22-year-old Barbara Ann Cox in April 1978 and 27-year-old Tina Gayle Mitchell and 32-year-old Althea Maria Williams in separate slayings in 1994.
Police say each woman was sexually assaulted, strangled and left dead near where Burkett lived at the time.