LOS ANGELES -- A 72-year-old man made his first court appearance today on charges that he murdered three women in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba ordered Samuel Little to remain jailed without bail while he awaits arraignment, which was postponed at the defense's request to Feb. 7.

Little is charged with three counts of murder for allegedly strangling:

-- Carol Alford, 41, whose body was found July 13, 1987, in an alley off east 27th Street;

-- Audrey Nelson, 35, whose body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989, inside a trash bin on East Seventh Street; and

-- Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, who was found Sept. 3, 1989, inside a commercial garage in South Los Angeles.

The murder charges also include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Little.

He was arrested in Louisville, Ky., in September on an unrelated narcotics charge out of Los Angeles, and extradited to California. Police said he was linked to the killings through DNA evidence examined by LAPD cold case detectives.


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