A Lake Village woman was sentenced to life in prison early Thursday evening after an Ashley County jury found her guilty of the first-degree murder of her husband.
The jury deliberated about two and a half hours before finding Kathy Livingston guilty of the June 2011 shooting death of 58-year-old Bobby Livingston, who was owner of Livingston Pecan and Metal. The jury deliberated another hour before handing down the life sentence.
“The Livingston family and I are very grateful for the jury’s verdict and for the life sentence Kathy Livingston so richly deserved,” 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said after the trial.
Bobby Livingston died on June 18, 2011 of a gunshot wound to the chest. He also had one gunshot wound to the palm of his hand. The medical examiner testified that the gunshot to the chest was at contact, meaning the muzzle of gun was in contact with Bobby Livingston’s chest when the shot was fired.
Kathy Livingston’s counsel argued that the circumstances suggested a struggle and that his death was not a purposeful act on her part. She did not testify.
Livingston was charged with capital murder and while the jury found her guilty of the lesser offense of first-degree murder, the result was the same: life in prison. Deen had previously waived the death penalty.
Livingston will not be eligible for parole absent executive clemency.