The death penalty is being sought against a Stanton man in connection with five rapes and a murder.
The trial began last week in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana of Waymon Livingston, 29. He is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a woman, raping four others and attacking a sixth. Authorities say he is linked to the crimes through DNA and forensic evidence.
Livingston is being 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.
According to the OCDA’s office, Livingston is accused of raping a woman in an Anaheim parking lot in August 2005, then sexually assaulting a motel housekeeper in Stanton in October 2006.
Authorities believe he also raped and strangled a private masseuse in a Costa Mesa motel room. He was arrested at his home in Stanton by Anaheim police on Oct. 11, 2007. While the suspect has been in custody, investigators developed information that Livington may be responsible for another rape and a rape and murder shortly before his arrest.