Convicted killer Amit Livingston captured in India
Fri, 09 May 2014 14:44:36 GMT —
Action 4 News has learned the search for a convicted killer on the run is over.
Amit Livingston was arrested outside his home in Hyderabad, India by Indian National Police and the U.S. Marshals on May 6th.
Livingston pleaded guilty to murdering Edinburg teacher Hermila Hernandez on South Padre Island back in October 2005.
Court testimony in the case revealed Hernandez and Livingston were having an affair at the time of the murder.
Livingston shot Hernandez with a .40 caliber handgun. Her nude body was later found on a South Padre Island beach.
February 13, 2014 marked the seventh anniversary that Livingston fled to India and has been on the U.S. Marshal's Most Wanted List since 2007.
Livingston was sentenced to 23 years in prison but became a fugitive after the now-convicted 404th State District Judge Abel Limas allowed him to go free on a $500,000 bond pending his prison assignment.
On Friday, District Attorney Luis Saenz announced in a press conference that the convicted killer initially fought with police but was subdued and is now being held in a state jail in India awaiting extradition.
Hermila Garcia, the mother of the murder victim, also spoke to reports.
Nothing will bring back my daughter, no one will erase additional pain that corrupt people caused us," Garcia said in Spanish.
The San Juan said the circumstances have not changed but she is very satisfied that justice has been done.
Garcia said the now-convicted Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos would kick them out of his office and didn TMt care to help them find Livingston.
She said he basically said, you can go out from where you came from.
It wasn TMt his daughter that was murdered versus Saenz who told them we are going to get justice Garcia said.
Garcia claims the current District Attorney Luis Saenz kept his word.
Authorities are now working with the India government to get Livingston extradited back to the United States to serve his time.