A jury will decide whether a former mixed martial artist named War Machine tried to kill his porn actress ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend after letting himself in with a key and finding them sleeping at her Las Vegas home, a Nevada judge decided Wednesday.
Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver stood in an orange jail jump suit and shackles and occasionally became agitated while defense attorney Brandon Sua argued that evidence didn’t support two attempted murder, one burglary and one of several sexual assault charges among the 34 felony counts.
Clark County District Court 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.
The judge said no. Polygraph test results aren’t admissible in court.