SERIAL RAPIST CHARGED WITH TWO NEW RAPES AND A SECOND MURDER AFTER BEING LINKED THROUGH DNA

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 07NF3664        

 


May 29, 2008

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

SERIAL RAPIST CHARGED WITH TWO NEW
RAPES AND A SECOND MURDER AFTER
BEING LINKED THROUGH DNA

*Defendant already had pending charges for a murder and three rapes

 

SANTA ANA – A Stanton man previously charged with three rapes and a special circumstances murder has been linked to two additional rapes and a second murder through forensic and DNA evidence. An amended complaint was filed today against Waymon Livingston, 24, for two counts of murder with sentencing enhancements for murder during the commission of attempted rape and sodomy and five counts of forcible rape. Livingston also faces sentencing enhancements for committing multiple murders and for committing a sexual crime against more than one victim. The defendant is being held without bail. He faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of the special circumstances murder. He also faces multiple life terms if convicted of the rapes. Livingston is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges June 26, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. 

 

Original Charges

On Aug. 21, 2005, Livingston is accused of forcibly raping Jane Doe #1 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. Through the work of the Orange County Crime Lab, DNA evidence from the three rapes was linked to Livingston. He was arrested by the Anaheim Police Department on Oct. 11, 2007, at his residence.

 

On Sept. 9, 2007, Livingston is accused of murdering 21-year-old Sacramento resident Melissa Ann Gonzalez in an Anaheim motel room. Anaheim detectives investigating the homicide collected evidence from the scene and were notified on Oct. 29, 2007, by the Crime Lab that DNA linked Livingston, who was already in custody for the three rapes, to the murder of Gonzalez.

 

Additional Charges

After the case against Livingston was filed in November 2007, additional forensic and DNA testing was conducted, linking the defendant to three additional crimes. On Sept. 14, 2006, Livingston is accused of raping Jane Doe #5 in his car in Costa Mesa. On Oct. 10, 2007, the defendant is accused of raping Jane Doe #6 in a Fullerton hotel room. 

 

On Sept. 5, 2007, Livingston is accused of murdering Mary Jane Clark in a Costa Mesa hotel room by suffocating her with a pillow.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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