http://nowwatchtvlive.org – Adult actress Felicia Lee was a drug addict with a high tolerance for her drug of choice, and that’s why she couldn’t have died from an overdose, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.Standing in front of a gruesome photograph of a lifeless Lee, Deputy District Attorney Philip Wojdak sought to get out in front of defense attorney contentions that the former model and actress stopped breathing after a lethal dose of drugs.“It’s an amount that would be lethal to a lot of people,” Wojdak said. ” It’s an amount that would not be lethal to a lot of people, especially an experienced user.
Lee was suffocated to death by her boyfriend, Fox reality TV show contestant and former minister Brian Randone, Wojdaksaid honing in on the injuries to Lee’s face.Whatever stopped Lee from breathing, he said, left her face bloodied with abrasions around her eyes, on her nose, lips and forehead.“What you’re looking at is the classic kinds of wounds that you would expect to see when someone is smothered to death,” Wojdak said in his opening statement. “Her struggle for life causes these particular type of wounds.”
felicia leeRandone’s defense attorneys, however, said Lee stopped breathing from an overdose of the illicit depressant GHB, lawyer Ed Rucker said.
“This drug represses your ability to breathe,” Rucker said. “It is a medical fact, that is what it does.”The former adult actress and model abused the drug in the early morning hours before her death.Instead of measuring out doses of the clear liquid, GHB – as she normally would – Lee drank it straight from the bottle, Rucker said.The overdose, sent Lee into a state in which she couldn’t control her limbs – stumbling around the apartment, falling down the stairs and through closet doors, Rucker said.Some 320 bruises, abrasions, and scrapes on her body, he said, were self-inflicted – not the result of torture committed by Randone.In an effort to prove his point, Rucker noted that most of Lee’s injuries were limited to her limbs, rather than her torso.
“If you were such a psychopath as to torture a woman, you wouldn’t confine yourself to her legs and arms and toes,” Rucker said.He also highlighted the absence of a weapon. Despite a search of the crime scene – Randone’s apartment – police failed to find the object that allegedly left the marks, Rucker said.
In questioning the first and only witness to testify before court adjourned for the day, Wojdak tried to prove that Lee was in-fact beaten with some sort of weapon and finally suffocated to death.
Deputy medical examiner Dr. Ajay Panchal performed Lee’s autopsy, concluding she was killed by suffocation.Something was either held over her face or her head was pushed down into something, he said.Lee’s wounds, Panchal said, were proof that she was not the victim of a drug overdose, but rather a violent attack.If someone is awake and able to struggle, he said, he would expect to find the kinds of wound that were on Lee’s body.
Court will reconvene today with more testimony from Panchal.Over the coming days and weeks, Lee’s friends and ex-husband will be called as prosecution witnesses to testify that the former model was an avid user of GHB.During weekend long parties, Lee and fellow revelers would refrain from sleep in favor of sex with multiple partners and copious amounts of cocaine and GHB, said Wojdak, who asked the sexual aspect of the parties not be mentioned in court.