For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN FACES DEATH PENALTY TRIAL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT-MURDER, FOUR RAPES, AND AN ASSAULT AFTER BEING LINKED THROUGH DNA
SANTA ANA – A man faces a death penalty trial Wednesday for sexually assaulting and murdering a woman, raping four others, and physically assaulting a sixth victim after being linked to the crimes through DNA and forensic evidence. Waymon Livingston, 29, Stanton, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, four felony counts of forcible rape, and one felony count of aggravated assault. The District Attorney is seeking the death penalty in this case and opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 9:15 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.
On Oct. 25, 2006, the defendant is accused of raping Jane Doe #2, a motel housekeeper, in Stanton.
On May 7, 2007, Livingston is accused of strangling and raping Jane Doe #3, a private masseuse, in a Costa Mesa motel room.
The Orange County Crime Laboratory analyzed evidence from the crimes, and Livingston is accused of being 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 is accused of being linked through DNA to an additional crime. On Sept. 9, 2007, Livingston is accused of murdering 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 is accused of physically assaulting Jane Doe #5, a prostitute, in an Irvine hotel room.
On Oct. 10, 2007, the defendant is accused of strangling and raping Jane Doe #6 in a Fullerton hotel room.
The jury will consider evidence of the sexual assaults in both the guilty and penalty phases of the trial.