LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man in his 70s was convicted Tuesday in the murders of three women committed more than 25 years ago.READ MORE: Orange County's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise To 1,200
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.READ MORE: LA Mural, Tributes Honor Betty White On 100th Birthday
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.MORE NEWS: 3 Men Arrested In Fatal Stabbing In Koreatown
Little is scheduled to return to court Sept. 25, where he faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.