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Fighter War Machine charged with more felonies


LAS VEGAS (AP) - A mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was hit Wednesday with attempted murder, sexual assault and other new charges in Las Vegas in a case that prosecutors said stemmed from attacks on his ex-girlfriend.

The defendant, whose birth name is Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, stood shackled and flanked by two police officers during a brief initial court appearance.

Koppenhaver was arrested Aug. 15 after his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack, posted Twitter photos of herself showing injuries she said she received when Koppenhaver attacked her a week earlier in Las Vegas.

Koppenhaver, 32, was extradited to Nevada from the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, California, where he was initially sought on a warrant involving seven charges, including battery, assault, coercion and lewdness.

Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine in 2008, told the judge on Wednesday that he understood the charges and would use the name Koppenhaver in court. He wasn't asked to enter a plea.

"I think the public will understand that War Machine's a character," Koppenhaver's lawyer Brandon Sua said outside court. "He is controversial and people need to understand where to draw that line from his character as War Machine and a person as Jon Koppenhaver, because that's who he is."

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson ordered Koppenhaver held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Oct. 17.

Sua said he and attorneys Matthew Terry and Brian Watkins intend to fight the charges that also include burglary, battery constituting domestic violence, sexually motivated coercion and witness tampering.

MMA Fighter 'War Machine' Arrested in Simi Valley For Beating Girlfriend

Koppenhaver is accused of using a knife during some of the incidents that date back to May 2013.

Sua previously said Koppenhaver was defending himself on Aug. 8 during an incident involving Mack and her friend, Corey Thomas, at Mack's home.

Police said Thomas suffered broken bones in his face. Mack, 23, who is referred to in court documents as Christine Mackinday, was hospitalized for several days with a lacerated liver, facial bruises and fractures, and missing teeth.

She is undergoing surgical procedures to repair facial and oral injuries, prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said.

The Associated Press usually does not identify alleged victims of sex assault. Mack agreed to allow the AP to use her name in the case against Koppenhaver.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he met with Mack before the additional charges were filed.

"When this case was investigated further we learned there were additional incidents of criminal conduct," Wolfson said. "She's ready to testify. She's ready to come into court and tell the truth and tell what happened."

Koppenhaver, who also has acted in porn productions, was dropped by his fight promoter, Bellator MMA, after Mack's accusations were made public.

He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007 and lost his only pay-per-view bout in 2008.

He had a 14-5 record as a welterweight and last fought in October 2013.

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ram4131 September 03 2014 at 8:05 PM

Let's see how that machine runs in jail you woman beating b*tch.

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moochelleboochelle September 03 2014 at 11:37 PM


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smashingmonkey moochelleboochelle September 04 2014 at 8:16 AM

Yeah. He totally seems like the Hillary type.

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chuckpullium moochelleboochelle September 04 2014 at 10:22 AM

mooch, you are in the lead for being the dumbest person posting today. BTW, write this down, or, really, have somebody who can write, jot this down. Hillary in 2016 with 390+ electoral votes, UNLESS, teddie the cruzer is your candidate, then Hillary will top 450. Come onnnnnnnn, teddie!!

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lhelix1965 chuckpullium September 04 2014 at 11:00 AM

No chuckie, you took the lead for idiot of the day. Hillary is a female Obungler that has more skeletons in her closet than carter has pills. She is also just a female Obama and you know how popular he is but if you don't you will see this November. Now go find an adult to help you.

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hugheslasvegas1 September 03 2014 at 7:11 PM

Yes and the idiot judges here in vegas are deciding if he should go free on bail. What is the world coming to. No justice anymore hang him by his frickin neck from the closest light pole

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smashingmonkey hugheslasvegas1 September 04 2014 at 8:17 AM

Yeah, but we aren't supposed to punish people until convicted. Bail is supposed to be what is necessary to ensure appearance in court for a resolution of guilt or innocence. Using bail punitively is pretty common these days, but it is against our best traditions.

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ez760 hugheslasvegas1 September 04 2014 at 10:05 AM

well its still part of the course of law in the states , if he's not seen as a public threat - oh what am I talkin about , of coarse he's a threat at least to Mack , and as we've seen in past cases like this the courts have failed to protect those most deserving of protection , but being the high profile of this case and the fact that he's already run , he just might be held without the possibility of bond and the fact that his hands alone are considered lethal weapons may keep him in jail as well - if he has any degree of belt , say black belt ,tae kwon do etc , he is most likely registered as a lethal weapon , maybe the same for UFC or MMA - there appears to be a level of nonconformity within those who accept and do this sport for a living

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Joseph September 03 2014 at 8:43 PM

Only a true POS hits a woman. Mom must be proud of her little boy. What do you want from some steroid junkie who makes his living beating the crap out of people. Athletes in general need a reality check and the fool fans who enable them. We in this country put too much value on sports. People kill each other over stupid teams for crissakes.

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supermolar Joseph September 03 2014 at 9:25 PM

sports are not the problem-this was not happening in "sports" 50 years ago. It is the PEOPLE-drugged up egomaniacs.

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Joseph supermolar September 04 2014 at 10:30 AM

We didn't hear about it doesn't mean it didn't go on. Social media, the internet have exposed these dirtbags. It was easier to cover up. But yes, doping and overblown egos definitely are a big factor. But lets not underestimate the franchises, leauges for covering up assaults. Look at Penn State. The franchise was more important than the kids being molested. Big sports= big money. Crappy values, just a game when you look at it objectively.

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Jen September 03 2014 at 7:38 PM

He is being held without bail. Read the whole story. He is a piece of crap and will get what he truly deserves once he is convicted. And he will be.

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hugheslasvegas1 Jen September 03 2014 at 8:11 PM

Do you know pending a hearing means.

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msanbaker September 03 2014 at 8:08 PM

Steroids to wonderful things to your prefrontal cortex. Like numb it, meaning brainless or lack of thinking. Here is a fine example.

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Denny September 03 2014 at 9:47 PM

STOP glorifying this A HOLE AOL....call him by His name.

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Dan September 04 2014 at 8:17 AM

Anyone with visible tattoos on face or front of neck or bald head is generally a moron. The prisons are full of them. ♣

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ez760 Dan September 04 2014 at 10:18 AM

anyone who thinks bald people are morons are themselves dumazz dolts

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hensteeth Dan September 04 2014 at 11:28 AM

ez760, Dan's comment is about tats, not baldness. He said this in two sentences. Have you ever read a full-length book, chum? I mean without sounding the words out with your lips?

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sam September 04 2014 at 1:50 AM

I wonder what his new nickname in prison will be?, something to do with one of his orifices plus machine.

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ez760 sam September 04 2014 at 10:19 AM

is that what you think , everyone in prison gets it up the ol bumhole ?

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jdh0516 ez760 September 04 2014 at 10:42 AM

Most people who have never been locked up believe it.

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wwrangler818 September 04 2014 at 2:10 AM

Been punched too many times in his freaking head!

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