Serial killer indicted in 1981 murder of woman found in Grove City

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Samuel Little, who has confessed to more than 90 murders across the United States, was indicted on Friday in Hamilton County in the death of a woman whose body was found in Grove City in 1981.

Little, 79, is accused of killing Annie Lee Stewart, also known as Anna Stewart, in Cincinnati and dumping her body in a wooded area behind apartments off Queen Anne Place, where she was discovered on Oct. 12, 1981. An autopsy determined that Stewart, a 32-year-old Cincinnati resident, had been strangled.

He was indicted on one count of murder, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced.

The same grand jury indicted Little in the murder of an unidentified woman who was dumped on a Cincinnati hillside sometime between 1980 and 1995. Deters said his office is working with the Hamilton County coroner’s office to examine old autopsies in an effort to identify the victim, referred to in the indictment as Jane Doe.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Little last week in the murders of two Cleveland women in 1984 and 1991.

Little is serving three consecutive life sentences in California, where in 2014 he was convicted of murdering two women in 1987 and one in 1989. He had been linked to the cold cases, all in Los Angeles, through DNA.

Although he professed his innocence at the time of his conviction, Little has since confessed to more than 90 murders from 1970 to the late 1990s, making him potentially the most-prolific serial killer in American history.

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