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WeHo Man Charged in Torture, Murder of Girlfriend

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    WeHo Man Charged in Torture, Murder of Girlfriend
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    A woman was found dead inside a West Hollywood apartment May 26, 2016.

    A 35-year-old West Hollywood man was charged Tuesday with the torture-murder of his girlfriend and will undergo a mental competency evaluation.

    Blake Leibel pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder, torture, mayhem and aggravated mayhem. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to pursue the death penalty against him.

    A mental competency evaluation was ordered after doubt was declared in court about his mental competence, according to a court spokeswoman.

    Leibel allegedly murdered Iana Kasian, 30, on or between May 23 and May 26 at the West Hollywood apartment they shared.

    Woman Found Dead in WeHo Apartment

    [LA] Woman Found Dead in WeHo Apartment
    A woman was found dead inside a West Hollywood apartment. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on May 26, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, May 26, 2016)

    Kasian was tortured and mutilated before she was killed, and all of the blood was drained from her body, according to Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef.

    Leibel was arrested Thursday after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies

    went to the residence in the 8500 block of Holloway Drive to check on the woman after her mother reported her missing.

    Kasian appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to sheriff's Deputy Mike Barraza.

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