Amit Livingston apprehended in India

Amit Livingston apprehended in India
Cameron County DA's Office
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POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 2:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:06pm

An international manhunt has led to the capture of 2007 convicted murderer Amit Livingston who was at the root of a Cameron County corruption scandal. Livingston was arrested by the India National Police at 3:30 a.m. CST Tuesday in Hyderabad, India for the murder of Hermila Garcia Hernandez.

Amit Livingston was convicted in 2007 for the 2005 shooting death of Hernandez and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. However, presiding judge Abel Limas allowed Livingston 60 days to get his affairs in order before reporting to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office to commence his sentence. He never appeared.

“We are extremely grateful to the U.S. Marshals for their steadfast support of the Office’s goal in bringing Amit Livingston to justice,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz. “Early last year, we met with local, state and federal law enforcement to reignite the search for this cold-blooded killer. We’ve met with the victim’s family. We’ve held media
interviews and even utilized social media to find him.”

The District Attorney’s Office thanks Lt. Carlos Garza with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office and then Texas Ranger and now Chief of Police for the City of Edinburg, Rolando Castaneda, for their respective investigations.

Livingston’s arrest would not have occurred but for the excellent work and commitment of the U.S. Marshals Service in Brownsville. “The leadership provided by Supervisory Deputy George L. Ramirez and his deputies was instrumental in leading to the arrest of Amit Livingston,” Saenz added. “I want to thank them for putting up with my constant office visits, phone calls and e-mails during the course of the hunt for Livingston.”

District Attorney Saenz said Livingston’s arrest is significant for the citizens of Cameron County.

“The mishandling of the Livingston case and flight from justice were the cornerstone and the centerpiece of the corruption suffered by Cameron County,” Saenz said. “With the convictions that followed in federal court, the citizens of Cameron County were ready to turn the page and move forward, but something was missing: The capture of Amit Livingston. His arrest, thus, closes the final chapter of said corruption scandal.”

Sept. 30, 2005: Livingston shot the victim in the back of the head after learning she wanted to end the relationship.

Oct. 4, 2005: The body of Hermila Garcia Hernandez was found on South Padre Island. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and a crushed skill. An investigation determined that Livingston had a dating relationship with Hernandez after meeting on the Internet.

Oct. 18, 2005: Livingston arrested for the murder of Hernandez.

Feb. 13, 2007: Livingston pleaded guilty to murder and sentenced to 23 years imprisonment. He was released on the same day by then-Cameron County District Judge Abel Limas for 60 days to get his affairs in order prior to reporting to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office to commence his sentence.

April 14, 2007: Livingston was to appear to commence his sentence. A warrant was issued for his failure to appear.

April 18, 2007: Livingston charged with Escape and a second warrant was issued for his arrest.

May 6, 2014: At 3:30 a.m. CST, Livingston is captured by the Indian National Police and awaits extradition.

“On May 6, 2014 at 3:30 A.M. our time, convicted murder fugitive Amit Livingston was arrested in Hyderabad, India by the Indian National Police for the murder of Hermila Garcia Hernandez. As you know, Mr. Livingston had been on the run since 2007 when he failed to turn himself in.

Mr. Livingston is presently being held in India pending extradition to the United States. My Office is working with the United States Office of International Affairs in Washington D.C. towards that end.

The arrest of Mr. Livingston is a very significant event for the Garcia Family and for the citizens of Cameron County.

Mrs. Hermilia Garcia, the victim’s mother and family were victimized twice by Mr. Livingston: First, by the brutal murder of her daughter in 2005. Then, by his flight from justice in 2007. Although, a family whose member is murdered never fully recovers from such an event, Mr. Livingston’s capture and incarceration will serve to bring them a sense of justice and serve to provide them an opportunity to pick up their shattered lives and try to move on.

The arrest of Mr. Livingston is also significant for the citizens of Cameron County. The mishandling of the Livingston case and flight from justice were the cornerstone and the centerpiece of the corruption scandal suffered by Cameron County. With the convictions that followed in federal court, the citizens of Cameron County were ready to turn the page and move forward, but something was still missing: The capture of Amit Livingston.

His arrest, thus, closes the final chapter of said corruption scandal.

I want to thank Mrs. Garcia for her patience and understanding as she patiently waited for this day. I first met Mrs. Garcia last year. In talking to her, I saw the anguish in her eyes and heard the pain in her voice.

 

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