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Trial scheduled in decades-old homicides

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Christopher DeVargas

Nathan Burkett, accused in the decades-old deaths of two Las Vegas women, appears in court at the Regional Justice Center, Friday Oct. 5, 2012.

Trial of a former Las Vegas resident charged with strangling three women decades ago is now scheduled for March 17, 2014.

The trial date was set Monday morning during a hearing in Clark County District Court.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Nathan Burkett, 63, who has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of murder with a deadly weapon and one count of sexual assault.

Authorities allege Burkett killed Barbara Ann Cox, 22, in 1978, and Tina Mitchell, 27 and Althea Williams, 32, in 1998. In all three cases, the women’s bodies left outside Las Vegas apartment complexes. Mitchell and Williams' bodies were found in the same spot, three months apart.

Metro Police arrested Burkett in July in Mississippi after DNA evidence reportedly tied him to the deaths of Cox and Mitchell.

A panel of prosecutors meeting Thursday decided to proceed with a death penalty trial for Burkett.

Burkett has pleaded not guilty to each of the counts.

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