David Edward Albert Charged In 'Passive Arts' Bondage Club Murder

A man fired from a bondage club earlier this month was charged Thursday with murdering the venue's owner after the man's body was found among the ashes of the fire-damaged building near LAX.

Fifty-three-year-old David Edward Albert of Simi Valley was expected to be in court in Inglewood Thursday afternoon for his arraignment. He faces charges of murder, arson and animal cruelty. The body of the owner's dog was also found in the building.

Prosecutors allege that the suspect shot John Lavine, owner of the Passive Arts bondage club, several times in the head before sparking the blaze at the La Cienega Boulevard building in the city of Lennox.

Authorities said Albert was found hiding in bushes across the street from the smoldering venue Tuesday morning. He was bleeding, and he said he had been hit by a car. But deputies didn't buy it and placed him under arrested.

The suspect was held in lieu of more than $2 million bail.

The club boasts of seven dungeons and markets itself as "a playground for adults interested in exploring their more complex sides."

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.


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