Saturday, March 11, 2017

Christine Mackinday testified Wednesday about the months of continual abuse she endured at the hands of her former boyfriend, a mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine, leading up to the night she thought he would kill her.

He burst into her central Las Vegas home in the middle of the night while she slept and “sawed off” her mohawk, she said. He cut up her wigs and slashed her head with the handle of a broken knife.
The attack would only get worse, she told jurors during the trial for War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver.

At one point, she gained consciousness in her shower, tasting blood.
Later, as she collapsed on her bed in the midst of the hourslong assault, he scrolled through her phone, she said, and punched her in the face each time he found something he didn’t like.
She fell to her hands and knees, and he kicked her in the ribs.

“I genuinely felt I was going to die at this point,” Mackinday told jurors.

Koppenhaver faces 34 counts, including sexual assault, kidnapping and attempted murder for the August 2014 attack on Mackinday and Corey Thomas, who was in her home at the time.
As he pummeled Mackinday, Koppenhaver told her he would kill her, she said.

“I’ve gone too far,” she remembered him saying. “You can’t be seen like this.”

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