Iana Kasian, a 30-year-old Ukrainian woman, was found dead Thursday, May 26, in the 8500 block of Holloway Drive in West Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11:30 a.m., authorities found Kasian’s mangled body in the apartment she shared with Blake Leibel, her boyfriend and the father of their 3-week-old daughter.
Prosecutors said that Kasian was “tortured and mutilated” and that the “blood was drained from her body,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Leibel, a graphic novelist, screenwriter and son of a prominent developer in Toronto, also was inside the apartment and was taken into custody, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Coleman told The Times. He had barricaded himself inside by putting furniture and bedding against the door, and he seemed “agitated and uncooperative,” Coleman said.
Leibel was ...