(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man in his 70s was convicted Tuesday in the murders of three women committed more than 25 years ago.

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Samuel Little, 74, was found guilty of the first-degree murders of Carol Alford, 41, who was murdered on or about July 13, 1987; Audrey Nelson, 35, who was murdered on or about Aug. 14, 1989; and Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, who was murdered on or about Sept. 3, 1989.

All three women were strangled to death.

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A jury of seven women and five men deliberated just two hours before delivering the verdict.

A DNA match in April 2012 identified Little as the suspect in Nelson’s murder, Los Angeles police said. DNA also linked Little to Alford and Apodaca’s murders, which led to a grand jury indictment in April 2013.

In a statement, Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said the women were troubled and had lost their way, and that drugs and prostitution made them vulnerable and easy targets for Little.

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Little is scheduled to return to court Sept. 25, where he faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.