Eilers Found Dead

Written by Tom Ngo
December 26th, 2008

Former UFC heavyweight Justin Eilers was found shot and killed at 10:45PM late last night in Nampa, Idaho. Eilers’ manager and friend, Monte Cox, confirmed his death early Friday morning. A suspect has already been identified and taken into custody.

According to KTRV Fox 12 in Nampa, Canyon County Sheriff’s officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 4600 block of Happy Valley Road.

When officers arrived, they found Eilers had been shot and killed.

James Robert Malec, 48, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder.

While the investigation is still ongoing, sources close to Eilers state that Malec is the boyfriend of Eilers’ mother. He and Eilers reportedly got into an argument, with Malec subsequently pulling out a gun and shooting Eilers.

Eilers had a 19-7-1 record as an MMA fighter. His lost his last bout for the heavyweight EliteXC title against Antonio Silva.

Eilers was only 30-years-old.

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