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March 13, 2017

Police, Forensic Experts Testify As Prosecution's Case Winds Down In War Machine Trial

LAS VEGAS—With the testimony of Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver's victim Christy Mack completed last Thursday, prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth called to the stand a variety of police officers, forensic specialists and Mack's personal friends to give accounts of what they knew about the August 2014 beating that the former adult star and her friend, Corey Thomas, suffered at the hands of the defendant. "I just couldn’t understand what she was saying but it was because she didn’t have teeth," explained Las Vegas Police Department Detective Daniel Tomaino regarding his interview with Mack at Sunrise Hospital, where she was taken after the attack. "She still was in a state where [the physicians] were trying to figure out what exactly her problems were." Among Mack's injuries, besides the missing and broken teeth, were a broken nose, a lacerated liver, a fractured rib, a bruised leg and broken bones around her eye socket. As for the scene of the attack, Mack's Las Vegas house, the police department's forensic expert David Johnson testified that he'd found several knives at the scene, but on cross-examination by defense attorney Jay Liederman, Johnson admitted that he hadn't been able to pull any fingerprints from the knife handles. However, forensic scientist Jessica Acevedo told the jury that she had discovered what she believed to be Koppenhaver's DNA on one of the walls of Mack's home. "Having a DNA profile that is consistent with the DNA profile obtained for the evidence sample is approximately 1 in 4.05 quintillion," Acevedo stated when asked how sure she was that the sample was Koppenhaver's. "So how many zeroes is in quintillion is 18. How many people are in the world? Approximately 7.5 billion." Friday's final witness was Vegas CSI investigator William Speas, who spoke with and took photos of Mack at Sunrise Hospital. "Did you ever attempt to manipulate her or move her to take photos?" Buth asked Speas. "Other than having the sheet move up, no," Speas replied. "She was pretty messed up." With all the forensic testimony, it appeared as though Bluth was preparing to wrap up the prosecution's case, which may be one reason why the trial was scheduled to resume on Monday afternoon. It is unknown whether Koppenhaver will testify in his own defense, or whether the defense will have any other witnesses to offer. The defense did manage to score a few points Thursday afternoon, when Liederman questioned Mack about some of her social media activities since she was released from treatment. Mack admitted that both her Twitter and Instagram followers had grown substantially since news of the attack hit the mainstream press. He also questioned her about an app she had created that included emojis of Mack's abuse face, apparently in an attempt to imply that Mack had made money as a result of the attack that left her unable to work for several months. "I would not want to almost die for a few followers," Mack told him. Mack has not returned to the adult industry since recovering from her injuries. Pictured: Corey Thomas and Christy Mack after the beating.

 
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