CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / MONROVIA
Former reality TV show contestant Brian Randone, 45, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of torturing and killing his girlfriend, Felicia Tang Lee.
Prosecutors allege that Randone, a Christian minister and contestant in the 2000 Fox Television pageant “Sexiest Bachelor in America,” tortured and then suffocated Lee in the home they shared in the 500 block of West Duarte Road in Monrovia.
Lee, 31, was pronounced dead Sept. 11 after Randone called police to report that she was not breathing. Lee, a model and actress who had appeared in adult films, met Randone at a pool at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in April.
Randone’s bail was set at $2 million.
-- Anthony Pesce