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May 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Tacoma man pleads not guilty in double-homicide

A Tacoma man who allegedly used weapons including an ax, electrical cords and a walking stick to kill two people and injure his girlfriend last week pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges today.

Aaron Livingston, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder in connection with the beating deaths of Andrew Geissler, 25, and Denyse Marshall, 60, on Friday, and one count of first-degree attempted murder in the assault of his girlfriend. Livingston is being held without bail, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Last Thursday, Livingston assaulted his girlfriend, and Geissler, her friend, because Livingston believed they were in a romantic relationship, according to court records. He was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail, but he was released from jail the next day. After his release, he walked to a Tacoma bar and exchanged several text messages with his girlfriend, then walked several blocks to the home they shared, court records say. When he arrived he saw Geissler on the couch. Livingston then retrieved an axe from the back porch and struck Geissler in the head three times, court records say.

Livingston, who is 6-foot-8 and weighs more than 400 pounds, then walked upstairs, beat his girlfriend with a walking stick and choked her until she was unconscious, court papers say. He went down to the basement where Marshall, a family friend, lived. He hit her in the head with a “Shake Weight” then strangled her with electrical cords, the documents say.

He walked back upstairs and found Geissler still breathing. He took a knife from the kitchen and cut his throat, then returned to the basement and cut Marshall’s throat, as well, court papers say. He went to the bedroom intending to slit his girlfriend’s throat, but decided to “leave it in God’s hands” instead, court records say.

About an hour later he approached Tacoma police officers in a patrol car and told them he “did some really bad things, hurt some people and needed to go to jail.” He was arrested after officers responded to the crime scene and found the victims. Livingston’s girlfriend sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 3, according to court records.

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