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UPDATED: Randone Acquitted of Murder, Torture

A jury found Brian Lee Randone not guilty on counts of murder and torture in connection with the death of former adult film actress Felicia Lee.

A jury of four men and eight women found Brian Lee Randone not guilty of murder and torture charges Friday in connection with the death of former adult film actress Felicia Lee.

Randone, a former preacher, hugged his attorney and later his father after the court clerk read the verdicts.

"Hallelujah, praise God," Randone said before being led out of the court for the last time by the bailiff. "God's in control."

In a trial that lasted nearly a month, Deputy District Attorney Philip Wojdak in his apartment in the 500 block of Duarte Road on Sept. 11, 2009. She was found with more than 300 blunt force trauma wounds throughout her body, which were the basis of the torture count.

But Randone's attorneys insisted that Lee , the date rape drug, and sustained the injuries during a seizure-like episode while she was intoxicated on the drug. Lee, a former adult film actress, was known to use the drug recreationally and had a high amount of it in her system when she died.

Mark Overland, one of Randone's two attorneys, said after the verdict that jurors, who began deliberations at about 9 a.m. Thursday and returned a verdict just after 2 p.m. Friday, told him that they made a decision quickly on the murder count.

"It's clear, when I talked to them, they said they reached the decision on the murder charge on Thursday," Overland said.

As to the torture count, Overland said they jury told him they "couldn't find any torture or any reason for him to have done it."

One juror, who declined to identify herself by name, said that a major factor in the jury's decision was the small amount of electrical activity found in Lee's heart when paramedics arrived. They agreed with the would not have been present in Lee if she were smothered to death.

Another juror could be overheard telling Wojdak that she had doubts about the verdict.

"I'm not happy with the verdict but there wasn't enough there to say he was guilty," she said.

Wojdak told City News Service that he was "very disappointed" by the verdict.

Randone's father, Angelo Randone, testified in the trial that his son intended to marry Lee. He said outside the courtroom after the verdict that he was "extremely happy" with the jury's decision.

"I'll tell you what, to be honest with you, the tragedy should have never happened," Angelo Randone said. "My son has always been there to help Felicia, not to hurt her."

Randone's mother had a stroke during the course of the trial and he told his father to call her "so she's not worried" as he was being led out of the courtroom.

Overland said his client intends to enjoy his freedom and possibly return to operating his own business in the telecommunications industry.

"He's just relieved the nightmare is over," Overland said.

Tabitha andersson October 21, 2012 at 02:56 AM
This scumbag should've been given the death sentence . Those jurors are all assholes and hearing the 2 moron jurors give their explanation for acquittal leaves me hoping horrible things happen to them.
Randone-the-murderer October 21, 2012 at 03:06 AM
He was found NOT GUILTY just like OJ Simpson!
Marg October 21, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Christina, That is such an incredibly stupid remark. Do women asked to be raped, too? You must think so if you think she got what was coming to her! No woman deserves to be tortured and murdered for being in a business most folks don't approve of. You better NEVER watch porn, Christina or you will get your own share of judgement from the God you seem to believe in. Sicko!
Marg October 21, 2012 at 04:59 AM
There is a huge difference between simply modeling and performing sex in front of others. Regardless, it's nothing a person should be killed for.
Marg October 21, 2012 at 05:34 AM
It's on 48 Hours right now!
larry bonine October 21, 2012 at 06:20 AM
aaaaaaaaah why not allow a rebuttal to a paid doctor for the defense. Whats up judge?
Marg October 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I don't understand why the judge didn't let the prosecution have a rebuttal to that medical examiner. It doesn't seem right. He's an actor (accomplished liar) and we are supposed to believe he's innocent. Nope.
kathy October 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
He is so guilty.... How can she do that much damage to herself. And then if I was to wake up and saw my room all torn up an my partner on the floor I will call for help and stay by her side NOT WAS THE BLOODY BED STUFF why he did that.. I just this this is BS!!!!! AND if u know him why are u defending him he is a good ROLE MODEL lol come on that man did drugs and wa leaving the la life but he was a Wat before that ?? Not even worth mentioning cuz it was all a lie I just strongly believe he is guilty and this is not right n for all of u that say he is not just think of her been a family member n look at all the facts and then tell me Wat u think
KjC October 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Of course the bruises took time to show up dark and ugly, if u have been in an accident u would have the experience of looking pretty good right after and then eventually turning black and blue. The jurors stating that drugs =death irregardless the circumstances od or murder? Ingnorance.
Johnny October 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Funny how her so called "friend" Christina galvez was upset during the interview but said that she got what she deserved on this blog. Sicko is right Marg
Marg October 21, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Are you the same woman who was on 48 Hours? The one who was crying about her friend? What a two faced slime you are. Was it you who beat her and got the BF blamed? Maybe that's how it really came down since you think she deserved it! With friends like you, who needs enemies?
Jim Robertson October 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
He is guilty of at a minimum manslaughter, but most likely he intentionally tried to hurt her to kill her. He is on the weird side so who knows what was going on in his mind. He is no former preacher. He did some type of mime act/entertainment. A salesman is a better word for this dude. When you don't testify in a murder trial, 99% of the time you are guilty as sin. My question is why would he be on the phone talking to his staff people when his supposed girlfriend who is in bad shape and bloodied, beat the shit out of, is dying. This guy is a piece of shit. The other question that he did not answer is why would he be washing the bed sheets and pillow cases as the cops get to his house to question him. No a sign of a grieveing boyfriend. POS.
Johnny October 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Good point Marg! When she's not hurting her friends shes coning people by being a reiki master. Look her up
kathy October 22, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I'm with Jim 100%
kathy October 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
So why did she only bruised in them areas is like she was trying to defend herself!!!
itsyoureternalsoul October 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
From a Christian standpoint, this man is a "lover of pleasure rather than a lover of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power!" Hopefully more evidence can emerge and he can be tried again. Here is another case where scant evidence lets the killer get away with murder. Brian Randone is religious but Lost.
nathan whitney October 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I knew Brian personally and very well 20 years ago. He was a very true Christian and a great man of God. we did street preaching together. He helped me to become solidly founded in God's Word and my Christian walk. You think that YOU cannot fall into sin??? King David killed someone, so did Moses, Noah got drunk, every great man in the Bible was guilty of a horrible sin! Brian is a true Christian who fell an dnow he is walking right again. He did NOT kill Felicia! The evidence ALL points to his innocense! Its just a bunch of people watching a :40 TV show jumping to a conclusion based on NO evidence...no more than what the TV producer chooses to show in :40mins when the TRIAL was 5 weeks and the JURY says he's INNOCENT. He receieved a certificate of innocense from the State of California.
Pennypacker October 28, 2012 at 04:07 AM
The lesson of this story. Do not get involved with dope head party girls. Far more often than not, you will get dragged into a bad mess and get vilified as the villian. This man is absolutely not guilty of anything except poor judgement in choosing his mate.
Boo October 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Just because a jury found him innocent, it doesn't mean he didn't kill her. Juries are only human and just as prone to making mistakes as anyone else. She certainly didn't cause over 300 blunt force injuries by herself, and he was the only other person there. You can't possibly believe she ripped a closet door off by herself in a frenzy... and blood smears on the back of the closet wall showing she'd slid from side to side as if to get away from someone. He was the one not accustomed to taking GHB, not her. Get real. He killed her.
April R December 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
How did the cross get embedded into her back? Cuz she was passed out laying down? No becuz someone was suffocating her. I saw the pictures, it was torture, there is no way anyone could do that to themself, and beside GHB makes you SLEEPY NOT VIOLENT. She would have been passed out cold
Tammie December 06, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Nathan, Nate, and whoever else knew him...that is irrelevant!!! Do you honestly think he'd tell you the truth? Lol! I don't care what the verdict was!! Dont care about a lame certificate either! There are many guilty people who got off in a court of law! The man is clearly guilty of a crime!! May not be murder, but he clearly contributed to her death whether it was intentional or not! He will be judged accordingly by God!!!
Carl Hopkinson December 06, 2012 at 05:45 AM
That Radone and his killer clown/pantomime preacher schtick was one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen from any religious huckster. The guy is a obviously a very slick narcissistic psychopathic sicko...the kind that unfortunately do well in our shallow self-absorbed culture even to the point of getting away with murder.
James December 31, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Lets get real, GHB is a non toxic GABA receptor agonist, a chemical much safer than alcohol. In high to very high doses the user simply passes out. When one "OD's" on GHB one simply passes out falling into a very deep sleep. People have taken 10-15 grams with no issues other than such deep sleep that may be confused by hospitals as coma. Then damage is often the result of a botched intibation etc. If one is simply left alone one will wake after 4-6 hours. GHB does not of itself repress respiration. GHB is used in Europe for help with childbirth due to it's non-toxicity to the fetus. The pathetic claims that Felicia's death was caused by GHB poisoning could only be accepted by an ignorant public taken to more extreme level of ignorance by the "Reefer Madness" propaganda promulgated by law enforcement falderal, rather than informed knowledge of pharmacology. Could the victim have passed out and aspirated her vomit, maybe, this would be more likely based on the chemicals contraindications. Seizures from GHB what a joke! I was not there so can not comment on what happened first hand only on what could not have based on my knowledge of pharmacology and clinical studies of this particular chemical. Remove what could not have happened from the trial transcripts and one is left with what most likely did happen. "among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected"
Brooke Blythe January 11, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Murderer
not fooling anyone January 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Hey people....haven't you figured out yet that "Nate" and "Nathan Whitney" are both Brian Randone himself following this post and self-promoting himself and his "youtube video"? His Narcissistic Personality Disorder has him loving all this attention after he murdered Felicia. The only god in Brian's deluded life is Brian.
not fooling anyone January 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Brian couldn't even come up with a creative name. "Nathan" is the name seen on the top of this page as the author of the article and Whitney is most likely one of his most recent female "victims". Brian might be long on salesmanship, but he's short on brains.
not fooling anyone January 12, 2013 at 02:13 PM
And to the extent that the Sheriff's Department asked him to speak, it was only so that he would further implicate himself, not because of his character or abilities, that's for sure. I can't believe he fell for that!
Maria Luisa March 30, 2013 at 08:42 AM
I attended the same church as Radone in the late 90's in Euless, Texas. He performed his mime reality Biblically based presentations several times in church. He was an exceptionally handsome man. I was disturbed by his very tight clothes that he wore in his skits. He obviously worked out a lot and was eager to show the results of his endeavors. I attended a couple of his events for singles in the DFW area and for some strange reason, which I now feel was the Holy Spirit, I sensed something was too weird and unsettled about him. I think he started out with Godly intentions and eventually he succumbed to the temptations of beauty, power, sex, money. Yes, the Bible is full of examples of men who strayed from their commitments to God. Present day reality is no different. Joseph in the Bible was an example of a man who was written to be very handsome, had a lot of power politically, yet chose to resist temptation and he was a great leader in Jewish history. Brian didn't stray overnight. As the Bible says, "The little foxes destroy the vine." One by one, Brian made the wrong decisions that contradicted his faith. Now Brian has the opportunity to make the correct decisions and live the remainder of his life for God. I, too, suspect that "Nathan" is Brian himself. Even if Brian didn't murder Felicia, he certainly was responsible for what happened to her. I will pray for him.
nathan whitney March 30, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Maria Luisa, I am NOT Brian. Look at Nathan Freeman on facebook. Blue shirt, red tie. That's me. I agree with you on many points and your general impression of falling slowly. Brian was my young adult pastor here in southern Wisconsin in 1988-1989, just before he moved to Texas. Brian actually has a law suit pending against 20/20 for the horrible show they aired which made him look bad and did NOT demonstrate how CLEARLY his innocense was established in the trial. It's amazing how these people on the internet can read one news article and think they know everything about the trial and who Brian is based a brief article! She clearly died of a self induced overdose. She had OD'd a couple times before and passed out in public! Something they would never say on TV out of respect for her and her family!!!
Danielle Davidson White June 02, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I fail to see how he is responsible for what happened to her even if he didn't kill her. She was 31 years old and took the drugs at her own risk. It's sad that she died but when you take something that is dangerous, there is every chance something can go wrong.

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