Man sentenced in 2003 murder arrested on drug charges Sunday

A Pine Bluff man who was sentenced to prison in 2003 on murder charges was arrested Sunday on drug related charges.

Markevius Livingston, 28, was taken into custody after he ran from police Sunday afternoon during an investigation into a reported domestic disturbance, police said.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Jack Hendon reported that Officer Leon Jackson had been sent to a disturbance at 1701 S. Elm St. and when he arrived, saw Livingston near a vehicle.

Jackson reportedly instructed Livingston to come to his vehicle and Livingston ran, jumping several fences before trying to hide in a thick mesh bamboo behind a house in the 1900 block of Elm Street.

Hendon reported that officers retraced the path that Livingston had run and recovered a large plastic bag containing marijuana and weighing 1.7 ounces. Livingston was also reportedly in possession of more than $2,225 in cash.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Livingston after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Attorney Greg Robinson appeared with Livingston in court and said he would represent him.

In December 2003, Livingston pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder, one count of possession a controlled substance and one count of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and was sentenced to 150 months in prison.

He had been charged in the shooting death of Dennis Hudson, 26, whose body was found on the back porch of an apartment in the 800 block of North Cypress Street on Jan. 17, 2003.

Charges against a second suspect, Marketa Stewart, who was married to Livingston and was the mother of his child, were dismissed by prosecutors.