Burbank man convicted of murdering model in 1992

first_imgA 41-year-old Burbank man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and murdering a 20-year-old Northridge model in 1992. David Rademaker didn’t flinch as the first-degree murder verdict was read in a downtown courtroom. Jurors will begin hearing Friday whether he should receive the death penalty. He is eligible because of the special circumstance of kidnapping. Jurors did not believe the prosecution’s claim that Kimberly Pandelios, an aspiring model and mother of a 1-year-old boy, was raped before being killed in the Angeles National Forest. She was last seen Feb. 27, 1992, after telling her husband she was meeting a man named Paul for a photo shoot. During the three-week trial, the prosecution argued Rademaker had posed as a freelance photographer to lure women into his web. 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 Rademaker’s defense team said after the verdict that the prosecution’s evidence was weak. “It’s all speculation and conjecture,” said Chad Calabria. 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 for charges stemming from their relationship. He was paroled in 2004 and was arrested shortly after for Pandelios’ death. “Their sole case is an ex-girlfriend who has tremendous animosity toward Mr. Rademaker,” Calabria said. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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