By Zach Arnold | December 18, 2008
Levens was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for oxymorphone this past July. Levens had been booked to fight Ray Lazama on an undercard bout on the Affliction debut show at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
What will the tone of the media coverage be on this story? Check out the lede on this Orange County Register story:
A mixed martial arts fighter nicknamed the Executioner and his wife were found dead in a bed in a Laguna Niguel condominium Wednesday, the victims of possible gunshot wounds. Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the possibility of a murder-suicide.
I’m sure the media will have interest in Levens’ MySpace page, including focusing on this picture of him holding a gun with the caption, “one way or another i will get the best of u.” There’s also this picture with him holding a gun at Brittney Skye.
Update: Here is a Fox 11 report on the story (LA TV). There is a video clip of the report at the bottom of the article. In that video report, the reporter heavily played up the fact that Levens was an ‘ultimate fighter’ and made sure to use the nickname ‘executioner’ several times. “He was one of the big stars in the world of ultimate fighting.” The reporter claimed that no one had seen Levens or his wife for the past five days, so the mother of the wife went looking for them and found their dead bodies (and a gun) in a ‘grizzly’ scene in the upstairs bedroom of Levens’ condo in Laguna Niguel. The reporter discussed Levens being suspended by the CSAC for taking oxymorphone, and then noted that the sheriff’s department had been at the Laguna Niguel residence at least twice this year, with the last police visit responding to a call of a ‘possible OD (overdose).’ The reporter closed out the brief video by saying “Justin Levens, The Executioner, the big ultimate fighter’ and his wife were found dead in their condo.
CBS 2 in Los Angeles has a short video report on the story and will continue to update this page tomorrow.
I’m not sure what in Levens’ background may have led him to this, but with the MMA we’re not exactly dealing with your typical athlete. Another fighter at the Affliction event, Sergei “The Pit Bull” Arlovsky, is featured on his web site with vampire fangs.
UPI report on the Levens story here.