Pageant contestant not guilty of girlfriend murder

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 10:17 PM
Pageant contestant not guilty of girlfriend murder

A former contestant on Fox-TV's "The Sexiest Bachelor in America" pageant has been acquitted in the killing of his girlfriend, a former adult film actress.

After deliberating for two days, a Southern California jury found 47-year-old Brian Randone not guilty of the murder and torture of 31-year-old Felicia Lee, who was found dead Sept. 11, 2009, in their apartment in Monrovia near Pasadena.

Prosecutors argued that Randone had severely beaten and suffocated Lee, while his defense attorneys insisted she died of a drug overdose.

Lee appeared in several adult films under the name Felicia Tang, and had bit roles in the mainstream movies "Rush Hour 2" and "The Fast and the Furious."

Randone was a losing contestant on "The Sexiest Bachelor in America," a 2000 special on the Fox network.