War Machine Denied in Bid to Get Some Charges Dropped
LAS VEGAS — War Machine, aka Jonathan Koppenhaver, on Wednesday was denied by a Nevada judge in an attempt to get some of his criminal charges dropped.
Instead, the former MMA fighter and porn performer will stand trial in September for all 34 felony counts against him in the alleged attempted murder and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas last August.
According to an Associated Press report, Koppenhaver's defense attorney Brandon Sua argued that evidence didn't support two attempted murder, one burglary and one of several sexual assault charges in Clark County District Court today. But Judge Elissa Cadish let all charges stand.
"I find that there is slight or marginal evidence to support these counts proceeding in this court," the judge said. "We are set for trial at the end of September."
Koppenhaver at one point was silenced by a uniformed court officer, and another time blurted out, "I want to do it," when Sua told Cadish that his client wants to take a lie-detector test, AP reported.
The judge said polygraph test results aren't admissible in court.
The judge also denied Sua's request to challenge Nevada's rape shield law and let the jury hear evidence of prior consensual sexual relations between Koppenhaver and Mack.
Sua told AP he'll continue to fight the charges, and added that Koppenhaver intends to testify at trial.