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Man Enters Not Guilty Plea in 3 Cold Case Vegas Slayings

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Nathan Burkett is charged with three murders and one sexual assault. Nathan Burkett is charged with three murders and one sexual assault.

LAS VEGAS -- An ex-convict who police in Nevada call a serial rapist appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning for arraignment in the cold case slayings of three women in Las Vegas 16 years apart.

Nathaniel Burkett pleaded not guilty on three murder charges and one sexual assault charge. He faces murder charges in the April 1978 slaying of 22-year-old Barbara Ann Cox and the separate slayings of 27-year-old Tina Gayle Mitchell and 32-year-old Althea Maria Williams in 1994. Burkett also faces a felony sexual assault charge in the alleged attack on Mitchell.

Burkett has used several dates of birth that make him 63 or 66. He was brought into the court Wednesday in a wheelchair.

Prosecutors allege that each woman was strangled and left dead in a West Las Vegas neighborhood not far from Burkett's apartment.

Las Vegas police say DNA evidence links Burkett to the cases. He remains jailed without bail pending trial.

Burkett is due to appear in court again on Jan. 7, 2013.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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