Jury finds man guilty in 1992 slaying of modeling hopeful

first_imgFourteen years after aspiring model Kimberly Pandelios left her husband and year-old son at their Northridge home to go on a photo shoot, a registered sex offender was convicted Wednesday of killing her. “This is justice,” her mother, Magaly Spector, said by phone from work in New Jersey. David Rademaker, 41, of Burbank showed no reaction as the verdicts were read finding him guilty of capital murder with the special circumstance of kidnapping. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty, and the jury of eight men and four women, which deliberated a little more than three days, will hear the penalty phase of Rademaker’s trial beginning Friday, then decide whether he deserves to die for what he did. During Rademaker’s three-week trial, prosecutors argued that he was the man who had posed as “Paul,” a freelance photographer, and lured Pandelios to her death. The main witness against Rademaker was Manya Ksendov, with whom Rademaker began a sexual relationship when she was 14 and he was 29. He was sentenced in 1998 to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest to procuring her to engage in sex and providing her with drugs. He was paroled in 2004 and arrested shortly after in connection with Pandelios’ death. “Their sole case is an ex-girlfriend who has tremendous animosity toward Mr. Rademaker,” Calabria said. Ksendov testified earlier that Rademaker had said he attacked Pandelios after the model refused to have sex with him. She pleaded for her life, Ksendov said, and promised not to tell a soul if he let her go home to her son, Nicholas. The defense relied on the testimony of Bradley Leon of Nevada, who said he saw a woman who fit Pandelios’ description at the Monte Cristo Campground three days after she was reported missing. Calabria said there was another witness who saw her after Feb. 27, but that that man died before the trial. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 brad.greenberg@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The burned-out remains of her car were found Feb. 28, 1992, the day after she disappeared, near the Monte Cristo Campground in the Angeles National Forest. Her body was discovered nearby about 13 months later. Rademaker admitted in a taped conversation with an ex-girlfriend that he had set fire to the victim’s car but denied killing her. Overall, the prosecution’s evidence was weak, Rademaker’s defense attorneys said after the verdict. “It’s all speculation and conjecture,” said Chad Calabria, one of the attorneys. Prosecutor John Monaghan declined to comment. last_img

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