LAKE WORTH, Florida — There can be only one!
In a scene straight out of “Highlander,” an unhinged Florida man has been charged with using a 4-foot-long sword to slay a man he lived with in a homeless encampment, police said.
Christopher Livingston, 51, claimed the victim had fallen on the sword during a fight which he said erupted because he felt he had been sexually harassed, according to a rambling statement he gave police.
Deputies with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office were called to an area near the railroad tracks leading into Lake Worth on Saturday when a passenger spotted a blood-soaked body laying on the ground. He was later identified as 58-year-old David Beckett.
Officers then followed the blood trail from the body and found a 4-foot-long sword nearby and then were brought to a tent camp in the woods where several homeless people live, police said.
As they searched the camp, Livingston — who sports a tattoo straight out of a science fiction film on his forehead — allegedly said from inside a tent: “he attacked me.” He then stepped out revealing he had a bloodied hand covered in a bandage. Cops say he refused to say how he was injured.
Others in the camp said the two men had argued earlier in the day. Livingston claimed Beckett had exposed himself and that he had “raped and killed others,” so he had felt threatened. But he later said he gave Beckett the sword and walked away, and “I don’t know if he ran after me or what happened.”
“He fell on the sword,” he then concluded.
Court records showed that Livingston has a long history of stalking people and has had orders of protection taken out against him. In 2011, he was arrested for walking with a knife into a children’s play area at a shopping mall. The charges were later dismissed after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial.