MMA fighter War Machine faces attempted murder charge
MMA fighter War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, made his first appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom on Wednesday, pleading not guilty to 32 felony charges, including attempted murder.
Koppenhaver was arrested on Aug. 15 on nine felony counts in connection to the beating of his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack.
However, prosecutors added several new charges on Wednesday, which stretch over the course of over one year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The charges now include attempted murder, sexual assault, battery, coercion, preventing or dissuading a witness or victim from reporting a crime, and first-degree kidnapping resulting in substantial bodily harm.
The charges involve Mack and her friend Corey Thomas as the victims, reports the Review-Journal.
According to the police report, Koppenhaver attacked Mack and Thomas in her home on Aug. 8, choking and punching Thomas for nearly 10 minutes until he left. He then turned his attention to Mack, who had called 911, and punched, groped, and threatened to rape her before threatening her with a kitchen knife.
According to the Review-Journal, Mack's eyes were swollen shut after the assault and she sustained a blowout fracture of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places.
- Molly Geary