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Burkett hearing delayed until Aug. 16

The man whom police say is a serial killer appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court Friday for a brief hearing on the appointment of his defense lawyers.

However, the hearing for Nathan Burkett was delayed until Aug. 16 so the Clark County’s special public defender’s office can review witnesses in the case to see if there are any conflicts.

Burkett was extradited Tuesday from Picayune, Miss. and has been charged with killing two valley women. Police said they have forensic evidence linking Burkett to the killings of 22-year-old Barbara Ann Cox on April 22, 1978, and 27-year-old Tina Gayle Mitchell on Feb. 20, 1994.

In 2003, Burkett was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the 2002 death of a 41-year-old woman in Las Vegas, Valetter Jean Bousley. He served six years in prison in that case.

He also faced capital murder charges in Pearl River County, Miss., in the early 1980s.

On Aug. 10, 1983, Burkett was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Records show Burkett was scheduled to be released in 1992.

A Mississippi official said the victim in the case was Burkett’s mother, who was burned to death.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

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