Hollywood Hills man pleads not guilty...

Hollywood Hills man pleads not guilty to slaying woman

There are 19 comments on the Los Angeles Times story from Jun 6, 2007, titled Hollywood Hills man pleads not guilty to slaying woman. In it, Los Angeles Times reports that:

“I don't know how they allege murder there . Nobody knows what happened”

A Hollywood Hills man was charged Tuesday with killing a woman, even as police sought the public's help in trying to locate the body. David Mahler, 43, who appeared in court dressed in black, pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered former girlfriend Kristin 'Chrissie' Franya Baldwin, 38, and threatened roommate Donald Van Develde with a weapon in his Hollywood Hills home May 27. 'From the crime scene we clearly established a murder occurred,' said Wendy Berndt, supervising detective on the case with the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood homicide unit. 'There was a lot of evidence at the scene.' Police described Baldwin as blond with green eyes, 5 feet 5, 120 pounds, with a 'small build and fair complexion.' Investigators said she was originally from New York, had 'some police record' and was estranged from her family. Read more

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Friend of one witnesse

Valencia, CA

#1 Jun 15, 2007
Mahler had people running for the hills. I have met him, and he is truly capable of commiting murder and all the other crimes that he is accused of including fraud and many other charges.
He needs to be removed far from society. I hope he realizes his errors and responsibly confesses. I don't know how he made it this far.
Brian Douglas

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jun 17, 2007
Crissy was a good person and will be missed by alot of people i hope this punk coward gets whats coming to him..
Julia Hill Maui

Mililani, HI

#3 Jun 22, 2007
I want to see that he pays the price through the court system. He needs to confess, and tell where she and the weapon are. There are many of us who are broken hearted.
known Kristin since elem

Tustin, CA

#4 Jun 25, 2007
I hope that jerk is shot the same way he shot her. Kristin may have not lived her life the way I would have, but she did not deserve this. My wish for Kristin is that she is finally at peace.
Baba Ganush

Chicago Heights, IL

#5 Jul 5, 2007
"and threatened roommate Donald Van Develde with a weapon in his Hollywood Hills home May 27"
Donald Van Develde is Donnie Vie, the lead singer/songwriter of 80's metal band Enuff Z'Nuff.
Old roommate of Chrissy

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jul 19, 2007
Chrissy and I were very close and I loved her dearly...She will be greatly missed and always in my heart and prayers...
CTR

United States

#7 Aug 22, 2007
I think about Krissy every day -it saddens me that this is how she left this planet. I saw Krissy the day she died, she never deserved this. I know David will get his, we all will meet our maker. Krissy - may u rest in peace now.
Eastman

Riverdale, NJ

#8 Nov 29, 2007
Mahler was disbarred in NJ. He started dealing drugs while in college. Day trader? Most likely that was only a part of his income. He was a vicious bully and an egomaniac.
old client davids

Kaneohe, HI

#9 Dec 13, 2007
my heart goes out to the victum n her family. I havent seen or spoke with david in a very long time, and actually I just found out about this whole case and situation. I would like to know more about the case and details of what happened with david and his life. could anyone please reply back to my comment if you would be willing to tell me more info. thanks and I hope that the Krissy may rest in peace and my heart goes out to friends and family.
Friend of David

New York, NY

#10 Dec 26, 2007
I went to law school with David. He was not disbarred in NJ. See http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/oae/OAEDisci...

I knew Dave to be a great guy with a huge heart. I don't see the point of saying false things about him. He's in jail without bail and I understand facing 50 years to life.

I find this all so hard to believe. I'm so sorry for all involved, especially for Kristin and her family, and David and his family.
eastman

Riverdale, NJ

#11 Jan 25, 2008
If it is not true, then I retract the statements and admit to being wrong. David is completely innocent of all charges, too. Great Guy. Just ask anyone.

“time to get rid of murderers”

Since: Dec 07

roswell

#12 Jan 25, 2008
i just want to tell the family that i am sorry for theyr loss. i know nothing can bring this person back but i do hope that the person who did this will pay.
knorman

Tinley Park, IL

#13 May 7, 2008
knew david and donald both, did not know crissy. started hanging out and partying alot with david in 2005 when i first moved to california. i had the lease agreement right in front of me to sign and move in the house on cole crest, but never signed and move back to indiana. i looked up to the guy seemed like he had it all going. really sad to see something like this happen to what i thought was a great guy. my respects to crissy, her family, and her friends.
matt

Escondido, CA

#14 Sep 30, 2008
I dated Krisin in 5th grade lol. no kidding, krisin means. used to live up the street from her, i hope they fry the piece of shit that shot her
YUp

United States

#15 Oct 19, 2008
Knew him well....knew he was capable of doing something like this. Awful human being.
friend of main witness

Valencia, CA

#16 Aug 26, 2009
I am missing the trial today of the Monster Mahler. He will have to pay for terrorizing and hurting so many. Elder abuse is another category that he can be punished for. He will have a lot of time to think about his choices. I pray he confesses and find a way to repay so many. I also hope the truth is represented toady and that the witnesses do not have fear to tell their stories.
Greg Robertson

Basking Ridge, NJ

#17 Apr 22, 2011
David and I were good friends, he was at my wedding. He was a great guy! Always caring of others. Unfortunately had many problems w/ drugs. The drugs must have made him do what he did. He would have never done this sober.
This was an unfortunate accident, he panicked and made things worse. I feel terrible for the family of Kristin...

I hope David gets out some day and gets to live life again.
another friend of davids

Palmdale, CA

#18 Sep 22, 2011
Friend of David wrote:
I went to law school with David. He was not disbarred in NJ. See http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/oae/OAEDisci...
I knew Dave to be a great guy with a huge heart. I don't see the point of saying false things about him. He's in jail without bail and I understand facing 50 years to life.
I find this all so hard to believe. I'm so sorry for all involved, especially for Kristin and her family, and David and his family.
This is very unbelievable and although at this time david is in prison , he's still my buddy.
Best friend

New York, NY

#19 Jan 26, 2012
David was my best friend for years, he is a great guy but when that Michael C. guy I am sure he was the one that caused it, I knew Michael he was the lowest of the low,

It just goes to show you that if you meet a guy like Michael C. RUN,

anyway if anyone has a email address on David or knows how to get in touch with him please leave his contact info on here, thank you,

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