While sitting in a Las Vegas jail on charges of beating and almost killing his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, reportedly tried to commit suicide last night. He was arrested August 13 and although there were originally nine felony counts, prosecutors added 24 new charges dating back to May 2013, including first-degree kidnapping, burglary, sexual assault, and coercion.
Standing before a judge, Koppenhaver pled not guilty to all 32 felony charges but if found guilty by a jury, the 32-year-old could face life in prison. Since that time, he has remained in jail on a no bail order.
According to officials, Koppenhaver attempted suicide by hanging. The official report stated an officer was passing by his cell around 9:30 pm at the Clark County jail. He looked in to find Koppenhaver sitting on the floor with his feet up on his bunk bed. The officer called out several times but without receiving a response, he entered the cell.
The officer noted that Koppenhaver’s face was purple, followed by taking quick action to cut the strip of bed sheet tied around his neck and then to the leg of the bed. At that time, Koppenhaver’s breathing became less strained and he tried to speak. Additional officers rushed in to help and continued to try to get a normal response.
Around 9:45 pm, medical personnel arrived and began to assess Koppenhaver’s condition. It was determined that his vital signs were stabilized and that he was no longer in any kind of danger. He was then taken to a medical isolation cell and placed on suicide watch.
Koppenhaver’s attornery confirmed that in conducting a search of the cell, officers found an apparent suicide note although details as to what it contained have not been revealed. Because of the attempted suicide, his next court date will be postponed.
In the attack on Mack, the beating was so bad that she suffered 10 broken bones, a broken nose, had several teeth broken or knocked out, a fractured rib, and a ruptured liver. Even worse, Koppenhaver had a knife in his hand but went to the kitchen to get something sharper to “finish the job”. While doing that, Mack was able to get free and escape out a back door.
After the attack, Koppenhaver went on the run, avoiding authorities for a week before finally being spotted and captured in California but during that time, he used his Twitter account to joke about raping and killing Mack in the past.
Koppenhaver has a long list of other assault accusations, such as one from September 2007 when he pled guilty to hitting a man in the face and choking him so hard he became unconscious. In 2009, porn star Alanah Rae accused him of hitting her in a jealous rage but he also assaulted several people who came to her aid. Then in 2010, he was arrested after punching a bouncer during a brawl.