Felicia Lee, 31
Posted Sept. 11, 2009, 12:28 p.m.
Shortly after noon on Friday, Sept. 11, Brian Lee Randone, a 45-year-old white man, called 911 to report that his girlfriend of several months was not breathing.
Authorities found Felicia Tang Lee, a 31-year old Asian woman, dead in the home in the 500 block of West Duarte Road in Monrovia that she shared with Randone.
When responding officers arrived at the scene, they determined the evidence did not support Randone’s account of what happened, said Lt. Liam Gallagher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Randone was arrested within hours and was charged four days later with killing and torturing Lee. He is in jail in lieu of $2-million bail.
Lee — an actress and model — had been beaten and choked, according to authorities. Prosecutors said torture charges were filed because of the severity of her injures and evidence that she died slowly.
Coroner’s officials said they would not discuss Lee’s specific injuries because they are still waiting for test results. Her official cause of death has been deferred pending those findings.
Randone’s court-appointed attorney did not return calls for comment. He appeared in court Sept. 15, and his arraignment was continued until Sept. 29. He has not entered a plea.
On paper, at least, the pair seemed an unlikely match.
He was educated as a minister. She had appeared nude in adult films.
-- Anthony Pesce