For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT-MURDER, THREE RAPES, AND AN ASSAULT AFTER BEING LINKED THROUGH DNA
SANTA ANA – A jury recommended the death penalty today for a man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a woman, raping three others, and physically assaulting a sixth victim after being linked to the crimes through DNA and forensic evidence. Waymon Livingston, 29, Stanton, was found guilty by the same jury Feb. 27, 2013, of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape, and one felony count of aggravated assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 26, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Aug. 21, 2005, Livingston is accused of forcibly raping Jane Doe #1, a prostitute, in an Anaheim parking lot. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict regarding this victim. On Oct. 25, 2006, the defendant raped Jane Doe #2, a motel housekeeper, in Stanton. On May 7, 2007, Livingston strangled and raped Jane Doe #3, a private masseuse, in a Costa Mesa motel room.
The Orange County Crime Laboratory analyzed evidence from the crimes, and Livingston was linked through DNA to the three rapes. He was arrested at his home in Stanton by the Anaheim Police Department (APD) on Oct. 11, 2007.
On Oct. 29, 2007, while in custody for the three rapes, Livingston was linked through DNA to an additional crime. On Sept. 9, 2007, Livingston murdered 21-year-old Sacramento resident Melissa G., a prostitute, in an Anaheim motel room.
A criminal case was filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office against Livingston and the public and media were notified of the murder and rapes. Based on media coverage of the case, two additional victims came forward.
On Oct. 9, 2007, Livingston physically assaulted Jane Doe #5, a prostitute, in an Irvine hotel room. On Oct. 10, 2007, the defendant strangled and raped Jane Doe #6 in a Fullerton hotel room.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.