6:30 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
A man convicted of one murder and multiple rapes, including one in Costa Mesa, will receive the death penalty.
Waymon Livingston, 29, of Stanton, was convicted in February of one felony count of special-circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape and one felony count of aggravated assault.
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday approved a jury's recommendation to sentence Livingston to death.
Livingston was convicted of strangling and raping a masseuse in a Costa Mesa motel room in 2007, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. The masseuse was one of at least six victims.
A jury also found him guilty of murdering a 21-year-old Sacramento resident working as a prostitute.
Livingston killed her in an Anaheim hotel room in 2007 and was later linked to the crime through DNA evidence, according to the D.A.
The jury that convicted Livingston in February recommended last month that he receive the death penalty.
— Jeremiah Dobruck