Thursday marks 7th anniversary for killer Amit Livingston
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:10:00 GMT —
Thursday will mark seven years since convicted killer Amit Livingston walked out of the 404th State District Court and was never seen again.
But the case has not been forgotten.
Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz told Action 4 News he will not rest until Livingston is behind bars.
Livingston pleaded guilty to the October 2005 murder of Edinburg teacher Hermila Hernandez.
The two had been having an affair but Livingston got upset with her during an argument, killed her and left her body on the shores of South Padre Island.
Livingston pleaded guilty before former 404th State District Court Judge Able Limas back on February 13, 2007.
Although sentenced to 23 years in prison for the crime, Limas allowed Livingston to stay free on a $500,000 dollar bond until his prison assignment was ready.
But instead of reporting to prison, investigators believe Livingston fled to his home country of India.
Hernandez's mother Hermila Garcia spoke to Action 4 News following the Tuesday afternoon sentencing of former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos.
"They sold him his freedom but what we're asking for is that they keep looking," Garcia said.
A federal judge sentenced Villalobos to 13 years in federal prison for racketeering and other crimes, including allowing Livingston to flee while he and others divided up the $500,000 bond for themselves.
But Saenz told Action 4 News his office has made the Livingston case a priority.
"We know where he is and we're making efforts to capture him," Saenz said.
Saenz said one of their goals is get Livingston listed as the one of the U.S. Marshal's Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitives.
"If we can do that, that'll free up more resources and hopefully be able to move this thing along," Saenz said.
But Saenz said his office is finding other ways to keep up the heat.
The Cameron County District Attorney's Office created a Facebook page to make sure everyone knows Livingston is wanted for murder.
Federal court records show that Livingston is officially listed as a fugitive by the United States government.
The records show that his last known location Hyderabad, India back in March 2007.
"Even though we had the Villalobos sentencing yesterday and that'll go a long way to moving this county forward, I believe that we won't be able to close that chapter until the capture of
Livingston is completed because that's still an open wound for this office and for Mrs. Garcia, the family," Saenz said.