A Stanton man will be arraigned next week after an Orange County judge ruled that there is enough evidence to put him on trial for allegedly raping five women and killing two, including one in Costa Mesa.
Waymon Livingston, 26, faces five counts of rape and two counts of murder, and is eligible for the death penalty.
On Monday, prosecutors presented their evidence to a judge who determined there was enough to let the charges stand and put Livingston on trial.
Livingston is scheduled to be arraigned May 20.
Between 2005 and late 2007, authorities said, Livingston raped five women in motels, his car or his home.
On Sept. 14, 2006, Livingston raped a woman in his car in Costa Mesa, prosecutors said. About eight months later, authorities said, Livingston raped and strangled a private masseuse in a Costa Mesa motel room. She survived.
Later that year, on Sept. 5, prosecutors said that Livingston suffocated Mary Jane Clark in a Costa Mesa hotel room. He’s accused of killing a second woman, 21-year-old Melissa Ann Gonzalez, in an Anaheim motel room four days later.
Livingston is also accused of raping a motel housekeeper in Stanton, a woman in an Anaheim parking lot and a woman in a Fullerton hotel room.
Livingston’s two murder charges have enhancements of multiple murders and murder during a rape, making him eligible for capital punishment.
Police said they linked him to most of the crimes through DNA evidence.
He was linked to the Costa Mesa murder in 2008 through DNA, prosecutors said.