Florida has a reputation for weird crimes. And this reputation is upheld by the recent slaying of a homeless man with a three-foot-long sword. Another homeless man, George C. Livingston, has been arrested and charged in the death.
Livingston, 51, was living with a number of other people in a makeshift settlement in Lake Worth, Florida, which is approximately 10 miles south of West Palm Beach. Another resident of the homeless encampment was a 58-year-old named David Beckett.
According to reports, the two men got into an altercation on November 25, 2017.
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Police and Palm Beach Fire Rescue eventually pulled up to the train tracks not too far from the homeless encampment. A blood-covered body had been reported to 911 and, sure enough, police found Beckett dead next to the tracks. Laying not too far from the body was a three-foot-long sword.
“Interviews were conducted with witnesses and a person of interest that had been detained by the responding deputies,” police spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a press release. “Probable cause was developed and George C. Livingston…was arrested for second-degree murder.”
According to an arrest report, Livingston told police he was acting in self-defense after Beckett had tried to sexually assault him.
Livingston is currently being held without bond in the Palm Beach County jail.
The booking officers described the murder as “dangerous depraved without premeditation.”
Livingston previously served time twice for aggravated stalking, which is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida. Records show that one of those convictions came in Broward County and the other came in Palm Beach County.
He was also charged with two counts related to carrying a concealed weapon, but the case never went to trial.
A prosecutor argued against granting bail during Livingston’s appearance before a judge on November 26, citing his prior prison sentences.