The boyfriend of a woman who testified in the espionage trial of former FBI agent Richard W. Miller was arrested today on suspicion of murdering her.
The body of Ludmila Kondratjeva, 38, was found Saturday in the back seat of her car, which apparently had rolled off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, tumbled 25 feet down an embankment and overturned in the surf.
Vladimir Ratchikhine, 44, was being held without bail this morning at Central Jail.
"An initial investigation indicates that the victim's death was the result of a domestic quarrel," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Fitzsimmons said. "The suspect and the victim apparently had been living together since 1981."
Homicide investigators refused to speculate on the cause of death pending the completion of tests by the coroner's office, which is not expected to issue its report for about two weeks.