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51-year-old homeless man kills with a sword

George C. Livingston, a 51-year-old Florida man, is accused of a second-degree murder, the weapon of choice is a three-foot sword.

He was detained right after the police found a body covered in blood near the railway on Saturday. The sword Livingston used was also nearby. The body was found after the police responded to a call saying “a subject covered in blood was lying next to the railroad tracks” in Lake Worth.

After investigating the evidence and interviewing the witnesses, the police was able to identify and arrest Livingston. The Sheriff’s office announced that the victim was 58-year-old David Beckett who resided at a homeless camp, together with Livingston. According to the police, the murder resulted from a fight the two men had. However, the essence of the murderous argument is yet to be discovered. 

The Sheriff’s office has concluded that the victim had “visible injuries consistent with a violent attack.” 

Livingston was rejected bond, according to Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for Palm Beach Sheriff. Based on the available records, Livingston does not have an attorney yet. 

Instead, he has a prison history of two sentences of aggravated stalking, both in Florida. He was first charged when he refused to abide the court order of 1998 on ceasing contact with someone, the Post reports. 

Livingston was also caught with a knife hanging from his belt around the children’s playground area at the Boynton Beach Mall. When the security officer inquired about the weapon, Livingston told them the knife was his protection against gangs. After the knife was confiscated by the officer, Livingston asked, "Why did the other officer take my pocket knife but not my taser?” The taser was obviously also confiscated.

Livingston has been charged with a “murder dangerous depraved without premeditation” and is currently held at the Palm Beach County jail.


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