LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony is set to begin in the Los Angeles trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling three women in the 1980s.

Prosecutors will begin calling witnesses Tuesday in their case against 74-year-old Samuel Little, who faces life in prison for killing the three women who were found nude below the waist.

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Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a shelter in Kentucky. The former boxer was linked to the killings through DNA matches between evidence recovered at crime scenes and Little’s DNA stored in a criminal database.

At opening statements Monday, prosecutors called Little a sexual predator who carried out his killings in a consistent pattern.

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But Little’s attorney told jurors the DNA evidence will exonerate his client.

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