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L.A. attorney convicted in Hollywood Hills slaying

September 15, 2009 |  9:00 pm
An attorney was convicted of second-degree murder today for the killing of his girlfriend in his Hollywood Hills home.

David Mahler, 45, was found guilty in the 2007 slaying of Kristin "Chrissie" Baldwin, who was 38 when she died, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Mahler was also convicted of assault with a firearm on his roommate at the time.Picture 3

Police arrested Mahler in June 2007 after someone alerted authorities that a woman had been killed at his home in a pricey hillside neighborhood. But investigators found no body.

Baldwin's body was discovered three weeks later in a ditch near Barstow by two men who had stopped to help a stranded motorist.

Mahler refused to leave his cell and was not present when the verdict was read today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, prosecutors said. He faces up to 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 9.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: The Hollywood Hills home where police searched for clues in the slaying. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho  / Los Angeles Times.

Related:

The Homicide Report: Chronicling L.A. County homicide victims.

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