Cold Case: Elderly man linked to 2005 murder in Lee County

Samuel Little | Photo provided by Lee County Sheriff's Dept.

This is in relation to the Aug. 8, 2005, death of Nancy C. Stevens of Decatur, Alabama.

Posted: Nov 20, 2018 2:49 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2018 4:22 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A 2005 murder cold case in Lee County may be solved.

This is in relation to the Aug. 8, 2005, death of Nancy C. Stevens of Decatur, Alabama.


Nancy C. Stevens | Photo provided by Lee County Sheriff's Dept.

On that day, Lee County deputies responded to County Road 41 to a report of a deceased woman found lying on the side of the road.

The body was identified a few days later.

The autopsy revealed she was murdered by means of manual strangulation, reports Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Numerous leads were followed during the years, but the case eventually went cold.

Johnson says Lee County investigators were recently contacted by Texas Rangers and were advised that a man identified as Samuel Little, 78, had admitted to killing a woman named “Nancy” possibly in the Tupelo area.

On October 23 of this year, investigators traveled to the Wise County jail in Decatur, Texas, and interviewed Little. Johnson says Little confessed to killing Stevens, giving detailed information only the suspect would know.

According to investigators, Little said he and Stevens were traveling in his RV in 2005 and killed her in the West Main Street Walmart parking lot in Tupelo and dumped her body on the side of County Road 41.

In a news release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Little’s criminal history started when he was young and slowly evolved from burglaries, assaults and robbery to eventually murder.

“Little has admitted to at least 90 murders from the 1970s to mid-2000s. He has served time in numerous correctional facilities throughout the country and spent 30 days in the Tupelo city jail for theft in 1995.”

RELATED: Samuel Little charged for 1978 murder of South Mississippi woman

The sheriff says the case against Little will be presented to a Lee County grand jury in January for murder.

Little is currently serving several life sentences for murders in California.

Johnson says Stevens’ family has been notified.

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