Torture, Mutilation, Blood Draining Alleged in West Hollywood Murder
The victim of a rare West Hollywood murder had been tortured and mutilated, prosecutors said today.
Her body was also drained of its blood, they said.
The victim's boyfriend, 35-year-old Blake Leibel, has been charged with suspicion of capital murder, which would make him eligible for the death penalty if he's successfully prosecuted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.
He has pleaded not guilty to suspicion of murder, mayhem, aggravated mayhem and torture, prosecutors said. The allegations of torture and mayhem add special circumstances that make the case eligible for death penalty prosecution, they said.
UCLA Men's Soccer v Oregon State & UCLA Women's Soccer v Stanford
TicketsThu., Oct. 26, 4:30pm
CSUN Womens Soccer
TicketsThu., Oct. 26, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
TicketsFri., Oct. 27, 7:30pm
UCLA Women's Soccer v California & UCLA Men's Soccer v Washington
TicketsSun., Oct. 29, 1:00pm
South Bay Lakers vs. Northern Arizona Suns
TicketsSun., Oct. 29, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies discovered the body of 30-year-old Iana Kasian in the apartment she shared with the suspect in the 8500 block of Holloway Drive on Thursday about 11:30 a.m., authorities said. She's the mother of his child, they said.
Kasian's mom called law enforcement to report her daughter missing, the department said in a statement. During the subsequent "welfare check" of that residence, deputies broke down the door — without a warrant — and discovered the body, Sheriff's officials told reporters.
The DA's statement says the suspect barricaded himself in the residence, a fact not initially revealed by the Sheriff's Department. He was ultimately collared.
Investigators initially said the victim appeared to have sustained blunt force trauma to her head.
The murder happened between Monday, May 23, and Thursday, May 26, prosecutors said.
"Kasian was tortured and mutilated before she was killed and all of her blood was drained from her body," the District Attorney's Office stated.
Prosecutors could seek the death penalty or life without parole if their case is successful.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.