LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A 72-year-old man accused of killing three women in Los Angeles in the 1980s was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday. His case will now go directly to trial.

Samuel Little pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to new murder charges, which replace three murder counts originally filed by prosecutors, in connection to the 1987 and 1989 slayings of Carol Alford, 41, Audrey Nelson, 35, and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46.

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Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Little.

Detectives allege the former boxer knocked out and strangled the women while sexually pleasuring himself.

Police said he was linked to the deaths through DNA evidence.

The suspect was taken into custody in Louisville, Ky., last September on unrelated narcotics charges out of Los Angeles and extradited to California.

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Little’s 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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