Police: Accused serial killer Samuel Little has no ties to unsolved homicides in Lubbock

Police: Accused serial killer Samuel Little has no ties to unsolved homicides in Lubbock
Samuel Little is currently serving three life sentences for killing three women in California

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A 78-year-old man convicted of murdering three women in California and charged with killing an Odessa woman has ties to Lubbock. However, Lubbock Police say he is not connected to any of the unsolved homicides in Lubbock. He has been linked to more than 90 cases and has admitted to killing a woman in Odessa in 1994.

Samuel Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, has been charged with killing an Odessa woman in 1994. He’s currently held in the Ector County jail

Little was extradited to Texas despite already being sentenced to three life sentences in California for strangling and killing three women in the Los Angeles area from 1987 to 1989.

He was arrested in Lubbock in 2006 for shoplifting from the WalMart at 4th and Frankford along the West Loop. He was known as Samuel Little at the time of his Lubbock arrest.

KCBD contacted the Lubbock Police Department to find out if Little is connected to any unsolved crimes in the city. They have released the following statement:

Lubbock Police Department detectives conducted an extensive review of unsolved homicides to determine if Samuel Little was a potential suspect in any local cases. In addition to examining the information and evidence of these cases, LPD detectives also worked closely with the FBI and Texas Rangers investigating Samuel Little. At this time, based on the investigations and data collected by the FBI and Texas Rangers, Samuel Little does not appear to be connected to any unsolved homicides in Lubbock.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland, told KWES-TV in Midland that Little is linked to more than 90 cases. And of those, 30 of those have been confirmed through details Little told Texas Rangers.

Odessa Police say Little confessed to the 1994 murder of Denise Christine Brother in Ector County. He was charged with her murder in July of this year.

If found guilty of all the murders, Little would become the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, surpassing Gary Ridgeway, a man known as the Green River Killer. Ridgeway confessed to killing 71 women starting in 1982.

Unsolved Homicides on the South Plains:

  • Vicente Flores, 1978 –  Garza County - During the evening hours of Saturday, 08-26-1978, Vicente Flores was shot in a parking lot in Post, Texas. Roberto Diaz absconded following the murder of Vicente and has not been arrested. Roberto Diaz was indicted for the murder of Vicente. Vicente was survived by a wife and 2 year old daughter. 
  • Jose Martinez, 2002 –  Hale County - On Sunday, 05-05-2002, the body of 82 year old Jose Martinez was discovered in his residence located in Petersburg, Texas. Jose Martinez suffered multiple injuries. 
  • Cody Rogers, 1996 –  Hockley County - On Saturday, 07-20-1996, 21 year old Cody Rogers' body was discovered in a rural residence south of Anton, Texas. Cody had been shot. Less than 24 hours before his body was found, Cody’s 19 year old friend reported Cody missing. Cody’s body was found in the 19 year old friend’s rural residence. 
  • Evangelina “Angie” Cruz  – 1996 – Lamb County - During the early morning hours of Tuesday, 08-06-1996, two Hispanic males committed a robbery of the Jolly Roger convenience store located in Littlefield, Texas. The clerk, 32 year old Angie Cruz, was shot. Angie was able to describe the suspects prior to her death. Angie was survived by her children. 
  • Kimberley Groseclose,  1993 – Lubbock County - On Sunday, 10-10-1993, 18 year old Kimberley Groseclose accepted a ride from a truck driver to travel from Lubbock, Texas to her home in Round Rock, Texas. On 12-09-1993, Kimberley’s body was discovered in a field adjacent to Loop 289 located in east Lubbock, Texas. Kimberley was survived by her 18 month old son. 
  • Veronica Taylor, 1987 –  Lubbock County - On the morning of Thursday, 03-26-1987, the body of 13 year old Veronica Taylor was discovered in a snow covered field adjacent to F.M. 1729, located in eastern Lubbock County, Texas. Veronica had suffered blunt force trauma. Veronica was last seen departing a relative’s apartment the previous evening. Veronica was a 6th Grade student at Murfee Elementary in Lubbock, Texas. 
  • Frank Ball, 1984 – Lubbock  County - On the afternoon of Thursday, 03-01-1984, the body of 62 year old Frank Ball was discovered in a cotton field near Quirt Avenue (Martin Luther King Boulevard) in southern Lubbock County, Texas. Frank had suffered blunt force trauma. Frank, an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was last seen the previous evening at local establishments. Frank’s vehicle was located on the north side of Lubbock, Texas the following day. Frank was survived by a wife and two sons. 
  • Cynthia Palacio, 2003 –  Lubbock County - On Tuesday, 07-15-2003, the body of 21 year old Cynthia Palacio was discovered on a rural caliche road in southeast Lubbock County, Texas. Cynthia had been strangled. Cynthia, a resident of Lubbock, Texas was survived by her 2 year old daughter. Cynthia Palacio’s murder has been linked to the 04-19-2004 murder of Linda Carbajal. 
  • Linda Carbajal, 2004 –  Lubbock County - On Monday, 04-19-2004, the body of Linda Trevino Carbajal was discovered on a rural dirt road in northern Lubbock County, Texas. Carbajal had suffered blunt force injuries and had been strangled. Carbajal was a resident of Lubbock, Texas, and was 21 years old at the time of her death. Linda Carbajal’s murder has been linked to the 07-15-2003 murder of Cynthia Palacio. 
  • Hailey Dunn, 2010 - Colorado City - Hailey DUNN, 13, was an outgoing 8th grade student at Colorado City Middle School located in Mitchell County, Texas. Hailey was a cheerleader, active in sports and band. On 12-27-2010, Hailey was last seen leaving her mother’s house to go to a friend’s house, but never arrived. On 12-28-2010, Hailey’s mother reported her missing. On 03-16-2013, the remains of Hailey were located near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County, Texas. 
  • Jeannie Quinn, 2018 - Jeannie Kaitlyn-Noel Quinn’s body was found on private property in Abilene on April 17, 2018, two days after she went missing from Levelland.


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