Friday’s court session at the War Machine trial saw a Las Vegas detective take the stand.
The fifth day of the so-called War Machine trial did not feature Christy Mack on the stand, though saw several other notable witnesses provide testimony.
Las Vegas detective Daniel Tomaino, who visited Mack at the hospital in the immediate aftermath of her brutal August 2014 attack, testified that he was unable to make sense of her statement because of the extent of her injuries.
“I just couldn’t understand what she was saying but it was because she didn’t have teeth,” Mr Tomaino revealed at the trial on Friday.
War Machine, formerly known as Jonathan Paul 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, which all stem from the same August 2014 incident. 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 other severe bruising.
The prosecution showed the jury various harrowing pictures of Mack with severe swelling, bruises and broken bones at the hospital. Tomaino revealed that the injuries were so extensive that the doctors were trying to figure out what exactly her problems were.”
Friday’s court session also featured testimony from detective Jessica Acevedo, who confirmed that the DNA evidence found in Mack’s house matched Koppenhaver.
Koppenhaver, 35, made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, where he won KO and Fight of the Night honors. He fought once more for the organization before being released in 2008 following a submission loss.
The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday afternoon.