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Man convicted of killing boss, dog at bondage club

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury Friday convicted a disgruntled former bondage club employee of murdering his former boss, then setting fire to the club he worked at, killing the owner’s dog.

David Edward Albert, 55, of Simi Valley was convicted of first-degree murder, cruelty to animals and arson in the July 2010 crimes. The jury also found that Albert shot his former employer, John Levine, before setting fire to Passive Arts Studio.

When Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene near Los Angeles International Airport, they found Albert hiding in the bushes, watching the fire. He had blood on his clothing, authorities said.

Albert is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14. He faces the possibility of life in prison. He has been in custody on $2.09-million bail since his arrest in July 2010.

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