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Florida man charged with murder after police find body next to 3ft sword

November 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida man charged with murder after police find body next to 3ft sword

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A Florida man has been charged with murder after he reportedly stabbed an individual with a sword that was three feet long.

George C. Livingston, 51, was taken into custody after a man was discovered dead and soaked in blood next to a three-foot sword near railroad tracks on Saturday, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

Authorities responded to a call in which someone found “a subject covered in blood lying next to railroad tracks.”

The victim, who has been identified by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as 58-year-old David Beckett, had “visible injuries consistent with a violent attack,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said in a statement to the Palm Beach Post.

Livingston and Beckett were both staying at a homeless camp nearby.

Authorities allege that the assault, which was referred to as “murder, dangerously depraved without premeditation” on Livingston’s booking documents, was part of a dispute he had with the victim.

In 2011, Livingston, who was arrested on second-degree murder charges in Beckett’s killing, was reportedly apprehended with a nine-inch knife fastened to his belt near a children’s area of the Boynton Beach Mall. He maintained that he needed the knife for protection against gang numbers.

After having his knife taken away, Livingston asked, “Why did the other officer take my knife but not my taser?” Officers then took away his taser.

Livingston spent five years in state prison after he neglected to abide by a 1998 court-order to cease contact with someone “for protection against violence.” Livingston continued to harass and engage in “threatening behavior.”

He then spent two years behind bars for another charge of aggravated stalking.

The man is currently in custody without bond at the Palm Beach County jail.

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