Jury ends day mulling War Machine's fate, deliberations in trial to resume Monday

LAS VEGAS - A jury in Las Vegas has gone home after a first day deliberating in the attempted murder trial of the former mixed martial arts fighter War Machine in an attack on his porn star ex-girlfriend and her male friend in August 2014.

Court officials said the panel quit about 5:30 p.m. Friday and will return Monday morning in the case Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver.  He faces 34 felony charges, and could face life in prison if he's found guilty of the top charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the violence that jurors were told left Christine Mackinday and Corey Thomas bloodied and injured.

Koppenhaver's defense attorney took the unusual step Thursday of conceding Koppenhaver's guilt on eight domestic battery charges for punching and injuring Mack and using a knife.

Attorney Jay Leiderman told the jury that Koppenhaver also is guilty of threatening Thomas, Mackinday's boyfriend at the time, to dissuade him from going to police.

Convictions on those nine felony counts alone could get Koppenhaver decades in state prison. Other charges include coercion and burglary.

Koppenhaver, 35, legally changed his name to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career that ended in 2013. He has gone by his birth name since his arrest a week after the alleged attack.

He did not testify during his two-week trial.

Mackinday, 24, spent eight hours on the witness stand, telling the jury she was beaten and raped by Koppenhaver in the months before his confrontation with her and Thomas.

Thomas testified that he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks in a bedroom brawl with Koppenhaver.

The jury saw photos of Mack with a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket and leg injuries, and she testified that she also suffered a lacerated liver.

Deliberations resume Monday at 9 a.m.


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