Autopsies of light heavyweight Justin
Levens and his wife Sara McLean-Levens conducted Thursday
further suggest a murder-suicide, though the reports have not been
deemed conclusive and the case is still pending further
Levens, 28, and his wife Sara, 25, were found dead Wednesday from
gunshot wounds in their home in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
“It was a chest wound that penetrated her heart and killed her and
his was to the head,” said Jim Amormino, said O. C. Sheriff
Coroner’s Office spokesman Jim Amormino.
Initial evidence suggests Justin Levens was the shooter. Amormino
said a handgun had been discovered close to the fighter’s body in
the couple’s bed. Sara McLean-Leven’s mother found the bodies
together in bed on Wednesday after not hearing from her daughter
for five days.
The autopsy reports estimated the time of death occurred
approximately four days ago. No suicide note was found at the
Authorities also took into custody what appeared to be prescribed
painkillers and anti-depressant medication, though they were not
found in the standard-marked pharmaceutical containers denoting
whom they belonged to.
A two-time UFC competitor, Levens had tested positive for the
painkiller oxymorphone in pre-fight testing for a bout against
Lazama at Affliction "Banned" on July 19 at the Honda Center in
Anaheim, Calif., according to the California State Athletic
Commission. The bout had been cancelled that night due to time
Toxicology reports of both bodies will take six to eight weeks,
The fire department had been called to the residence twice in the
last month, according to Amormino, once for a potential drug
overdose and once for smoke coming out of the home.
Amormino was unable to confirm who had overdosed or what the drug
was and if anyone had sought out medical care at the time.