Last month, I wrote about former MMA fighter War Machine nearly killing his girlfriend, Christy Mack. Not much in the way of detail about the night in question has surfaced since then. The MMA fighter formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver (yes, War Machine is now his legal name) maintains that he walked in on Ms. Mack nude with another man. Mack says they were fully clothed and making nice. In either scenario, the proper response wasn’t overwhelming violence, the path that War Machine took . . .
After a short manhunt, he’s now been booked in Las Vegas and charged with 32 felonies. ESPN gives a summary of the progress in his case so far.
Koppenhaver, 32, faces charges of attempted murder, domestic battery by strangulation, first-degree kidnapping and sexual assault, stemming from an alleged incident involving his ex-girlfriend and adult film actress Christy Mack on Aug. 8 at Mack’s Las Vegas residence. The professional mixed martial artist faces the possibility of life in prison.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled on Oct. 17. Koppenhaver was extradited to Las Vegas from Ventura County, California, on Aug. 30 after he was arrested in a Los Angeles suburb.
Here’s hoping that the justice system works as designed in this case. As I said in my original article, this should have been a defensive gun use through and through. From Ms. Mack’s original accounting of the events, she had multiple opportunities to retrieve a firearm, a fact that surely has RF pounding his “home carry” drum loud and clear. Ms. Mack is blessed to be alive given that her former lover is for all intents, a walking murder weapon. Home carry, folks.