New arrest serial stranglings in Los Angeles during 1980s prompts investigations in 9 states

LOS ANGELES - Authorities in nine states are searching old case files after the arrest of a suspected serial killer charged with killing three Los Angeles women in the 1980s.

California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio have launched investigations into the matter.

LAPD detectives say DNA evidence connects 72-year-old Samuel Little to the California killings and allege he could have more victims going back decades. Their probe has turned up several cases in which he was a suspect or convicted. One, in Mississippi, has been reopened.

Detectives allege Little, a former boxer, often delivered a knockout punch to women and then strangled them while sexually pleasuring himself, soon after leaving town. Little has pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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