The sixth day of the War Machine trial saw Christy Mack’s mother testify at court.
On Monday, March 13, Christy Mack’s mother appear in court to testify in the so-called War Machine trial.
A visibly emotional Erin Mackinday held back tears as she took the stand and described the abusive relationship her daughter was involved in with Jon Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine. Mackinday, who lived with her daughter for a period of time in Las Vegas, witnessed one of the fights between the couple over Mack’s pet snake. On this occasion, Koppenhaver allegedly grabbed Mack by the neck, lifted her off the ground, and dragged her up the stairs before throwing her onto the bed. Mackinday recalled trying to calm her daughter down afterwards.
“I took her into the bathroom, held onto her and said ‘shut up! He will kill you. Shut up!’”
According to Mackinday, who noted that the Koppenhaver seated in court had lost “50,60 pounds” and was not as “broad in the arms or shoulders,” she was certain that he would have eventually kill her daughter. His reaction to the pet snake incident in May 2013 had cemented her belief.
“He stood in the closet with his laundry bag taking his clothes stuffing it in there saying I’m going to kill! I’m going to kill you!”, said Mackinday (h/t news3lv).
Mackinday later described rushing to see her daughter at the hospital following the August 2014 assault. She learned about the incident after Koppenhaver texted her to “check in” on Christy. When she called him to understand in more detail, he told reportedly stated “We had a fight. I had to beat her up.”
The vicious attack left Mack with 10 broken bones, including a broken nose, missing and broken teeth, a fractured rib, and a fractured eye socket. She also had a lacerated liver and severe bruising. Las Vegas detective Daniel Tomaino testified that he “couldn’t understand what she was saying but it was because she didn’t have teeth.” Mackinday admits she was unable to recognize her daughter at the hospital.
“I held her hand and she said ‘Please don’t cry,’ so I squatted down under the bed so I wouldn’t upset her and I held her hand and I cried,” said Mackinday. “Then I stood up and said ‘It’s done.’”
Asked if she regrets not contacting the police prior to the harrowing August 2014 assault, Mackinday looked at Koppenhaver and said, “No, I wish I had shot you.”
Koppenhaver is on trial for 34 felony charges, including attempted murder, kidnapping and various counts of sexual assault. The fighter pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts.
The War Machine trial will resume on Tuesday afternoon.