Serial killer linked to more than 90 cases admits to Odessa woman’s 1994 murder

Serial killer linked to more than 90 cases admits to Odessa woman’s 1994 murder

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A man connected to several cold cases across the country has confessed to killing an Odessa woman more than 20 years ago.

According to the Ector County District Attorney’s Office, Samuel Little confessed to killing Denise Christie Brothers in February 1994.

Denise Brothers (Source: Odessa Crime Stoppers)
Denise Brothers (Source: Odessa Crime Stoppers)

The confession was just one of many made to Texas Ranger James Holland, who helped extradite Little from California.

Little is already serving three life sentences in connection with three other murders from the 1980s in the Los Angeles area.

He was originally linked to those murders after he was arrested in Louisville, KY, on drug-related charges in 2012. Little was then brought to Wise County, TX, in July 2018 then transferred to Ector County in October.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said Little is linked to over 90 cases. 30 of those cases have been confirmed thanks to details Little gave to Holland, who has been building a relationship with him since his extradition from California.

As he sits in the Ector County Detention Center awaiting his hearing, authorities from over a dozen states, FBI and the Department of Justice continue to investigate other cold cases that could be linked to Little.

If convicted of all the murders, Little would become one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.

The hearing for Brothers' murder is scheduled for November 26.

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