Grandfatherly-looking Las Vegas serial killer Nathan Burkett has been described by Las Vegas police as “an animal” and, when his trial begins in Mar. 2014, prosecutors will present their evidence.
He potentially faces the death penalty.
The 64-year-old Burkett, known as “Criptoe”, has been held at the CCDC since his arrest in Aug. 2012.
He was arrested in Mississippi and extradited to Las Vegas after a cold case investigation into unsolved murders in Las Vegas.
Initially, he was charged for the 1978 murder of Barbara Cox and the 1994 murder of 27-year-old Tina Gayle Mitchell.
He resided in the same apartment complex as Cox.
Although his neighbors did not have anything negative to say about him, some did note that he seemed to be very strong and was observed carrying a shovel on his back but, at the time, they did not think it was unusual.
At the time of his arrest police said they believed that Burkett had likely killed others.
Shortly after that announcement, an additional murder charge was added for the murder of Los Angeles woman, Althea Williams.
Burkett has a very violent criminal past.
He was convicted in 1982 for the murder of his mother in Mississipi and served six years in prison in Las Vegas for the strangulation death of Valetter Jean Bousley in 2002.
Her death was initially thought to be the result of a drug overdose.
Other crimes listed on his rap sheet include arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct, trespassing, kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault.
Frighteningly, there could be more victims that police are not aware of . Las Vegas Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said,
Mr. Burkett is a serial killer. We believe … he has committed many more.
Right now, Burkett faces 3 counts of murder and one count of sexual assault.
He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Mar. 12, 2014 and the trial for Las Vegas serial killer Nathan Burkett is scheduled to begin on Mar. 17, 2014.