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Hearing continued for suspect in Vegas cold-case homicides

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Updated: 10/05/2012 2:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A man accused of two cold-case homicides in Las Vegas was back in court this morning.

Nathan Burkett, 62, had his case continued until 9 a.m. Dec. 7 in the Regional Justice Center.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they linked Burkett to the killings of Barbara Ann Cox, 22, in 1978, and Tina Gayle Mitchell, 27, in 1994, through DNA tests.

Connie Bainbridge, Cox’s older sister, was in court this morning. She said she was there because she wanted to talk to Burkett and know why he did it and what her sister’s last words were.

Metro said a grant from the Department of Justice helped with the investigation.

Burkett was also charged and served time for manslaughter for killing a woman in 2002. Her body was stuffed behind a church building in west Las Vegas.

Court records in Mississippi show he also served time for killing his mother, by setting her on fire.

Authorities in both states are combing through cold case files to determine if Burkett can be linked to any others.
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