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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007 12:00 am

BROWNSVILLE — The father and mother of a fugitive convicted of murdering an Edinburg teacher were picked up by police at their home in Illinois on charges of helping him evade justice.

More than 30 agents with the Illinois Police Task Force entered Muddamalle Livingston’s home on the 1000 block of Florida Lane in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Thursday afternoon and took him into custody on charges of hindering apprehension of a felon and obstruction of justice, Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos said Thursday afternoon.

He said Livingston attempted to flee from authorities without success. Villalobos would not elaborate as to how he attempted to flee.

Livingston is the father of convicted murderer Amit Livingston, 38. Amit Livingston has been on the run from authorities since April 17, after Judge Abel Limas of the 404th state District Court issued arrest warrants for him, Muddamalle Livingston, and Amit Livingston’s uncle, Steven Muddamalle Livingston.

Amit Livingston was scheduled to turn himself over to the custody of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department on April 14 to begin a 23-year sentence for murder. He pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to killing 32-year-old Hermila Hernandez, an Edinburg substitute teacher found shot to death Oct. 4, 2005, on a sand dune on South Padre Island.

He told the judge he killed her in late September 2005 after she “pushed the right buttons,” insulting his manhood.

The district attorney’s office contends Livingston’s uncle, Steven Livingston, helped his nephew hide a Toyota 4-Runner believed to have been used in the murder.

Thursday afternoon, agents reported finding the vehicle at the Livingston home in Illinois.

Amit Livingston’s mother, Krupavatni M. Livingston, could face similar charges as her husband, Villalobos said, adding she was not being cooperative with authorities in Illinois after repeated questioning about her son’s whereabouts.

As of press time, Amit Livingston’s location was unknown, Villalobos said. He added that agents reported finding a note inside Amit Livingston’s bedroom at the home on Florida Lane, leading them to believe he would be back.

Villalobos said it would be a few days before Muddamalle Livingston is brought to Cameron County. It was unclear Thursday afternoon if Muddamalle Livingston would request an extradition hearing or would waive that right.

The district attorney meanwhile is confident investigators will find Amit Livingston in short time.

“We intend to charge him with the additional felonies and ask the court to stack them to his 23-year sentence,” Villalobos said.

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