Update: Levens, Wife Found Dead
Light heavyweight Justin
Levens and his wife Sara McLean-Levens were found dead
Wednesday from gunshot wounds in their home in Laguna Niguel,
Calif., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed to
Sherdog.com. Levens was 28 years old.
“Preliminarily, until they finish the investigation, it is being
looked at as a murder-suicide,” said Lt. V. Wilson.
Initial evidence suggests Justin
Levens was the shooter, said O.C. Sheriff Coroner’s Office
spokesman Jim Amormino, though ballistics and residue testing is
still pending. No suicide note was found at the scene.
The bodies were discovered by Sara McLean-Levens’ mother, who
notified authorities. Deputies and investigators arrived at the
home on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. PST.
“Sara’s mother hadn’t heard from her for five days, so she entered
the residence and found them both dead in bed,” said Amormino.
Amormino said it appeared that the bodies had been there a couple
of days. 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.
Levens had tested positive for the painkiller oxymorphone in
pre-fight testing for a bout against Ray 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 constraints.
Autopsies were to be conducted on both bodies Thursday, as part of
an “open, ongoing” investigation, said Amormino.
A standout on the central California circuit, Levens found early
success in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion and went
undefeated in his first seven fights.
Levens made his Octagon debut against Evan Tanner at
UFC 59 in April 2006, but lost to the seasoned veteran via a
first-round triangle choke submission.
A stint with the IFL followed, where Levens fought for his mentor
Ruas’ Southern California Condors team and went 0-3.
In his last bout, Levens (9-8) was submitted in the first round by
Ento at the Palace Fighting Championships in Lemoore,
Jeff Sherwood contributed to this report.
Note: This article was updated at 1:10 p.m. EST to include new
information regarding the crime scene.
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