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Vegas judge denies motion in homicide case

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A YouTube video displayed images of Nathan Burkett's arrest. (LVMPD/YouTube) A YouTube video displayed images of Nathan Burkett's arrest. (LVMPD/YouTube)

A judge presiding over a case involving a man suspected in two Las Vegas homicides denied a defense motion that would have prohibited media in the courtroom.

Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman ruled on the motion Friday in the case of Nathan Burkett.

The ruling came a day after Las Vegas Metro police removed a YouTube video summarizing Burkett's arrest.

Burkett's defense attorney Alzora Jackson argued during an arraignment hearing that her client was being vilified in the video.

The video showed Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber call Burkett "an animal."

"I have to have the ability at some point to give Mr. Burkett a fair trial," Jackson told FOX5 on Thursday. "If this continues, where are we going to get a fair and impartial jury?"

Metro police said Burkett was arrested in connection to the deaths of Barbara Cox in 1978 and Tina Mitchell in 1994. According to homicide detectives, DNA linked him to the strangulation slayings.

Authorities in Mississippi took the 64-year-old Burkett in custody last week, according to LVMPD. Police said he was transported to Las Vegas and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of murder. He is being held without bail.

Burkett's next preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 5.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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