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'War Machine' expected back in Las Vegas to face charges

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Updated: 8/30 10:43 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Jon Koppenhaver,the former MMA fighter, known as "War Machine" is no longer in California, but pinpointing his exact location has been a challenge. His lawyer tells News 3 his client is on his way back to southern Nevada.

Koppenhaver is facing serious charges in connection with the savage beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack.

As of Thursday, his whereabouts are still a mystery. His lawyer said he left California Wednesday, but there was no sign of Koppenhaver the Clark County Detention Center. The CCDC is his expected destination, but so far there is no record of him there.

"He should go there unless they're full. There are some contingency plans for overflow inmates, so for example, I believe he could be at the north vista campus," said public defender Dewayne Nobles.

Nobles is well aware of the extradition process. Nobles was a Clark County public defender for several years. He knows it could take awhile before Koppenhaver is booked and processed. "It depends on the transportation issues. How Nevada determines to transport him back. If they go by car, van, or metro bus. It's going to take awhile," Nobles said.

Once Koppenhaver makes it to Clark County, he will be formally read the charges of assault he faces for allegedly beating Mack and a man that was with her. It's possible a judge could award him a bail so he would be released. In the meantime, Nobles envisions Koppenhaver on the road to Las Vegas.

"You have a couple of armed guards with you. A non description vehicle to transport them in and other than that need to know the transport date will be," Nobles said.

Koppenhaver will have a large legal team when he goes to court; he has three attorneys -- two are from California one is from Las Vegas.

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