The mysterious death of Felicia Tang

An actress is dead and her preacher boyfriend prays for answers -- was she murdered or was a GHB overdose to blame?

Produced by Chuck Stevenson and Greg Fisher
[This story first aired on Oct. 20, 2012. It was updated on June 1, 2013.]

It was the morning of Sept. 11, 2009. A frantic Brian Randone called 911 to report that his girlfriend wasn't breathing. EMTs were on the scene in minutes, but it was too late to save her.

Detective Richard Doney from the Monrovia Police Department was the first cop on the scene that day.

"As I walked in the bedroom -- oh my God ... looked like a bomb went off," he told Maher. "The closet was broken, there was globs of hair on the floor, the bedding was all over the floor...there was a big wet spot on the bed..."

"What time did you arrive on the scene?" "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher asked Detective Brian Schoonmaker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.

"Got here about 3:30 p.m.," he replied.

"The chaos was over, but the scene was still intact."

"Right, it didn't look ransacked," he replied, "like it looked like upstairs... upstairs was a completely different story."

"48 Hours" took Det. Schoonmaker to a vacant apartment next door to the actual scene; the layout is identical.

"When you came around this corner just took a first glance at this bedroom...what was your impression..." Maher asked.

"There'd been a fight," Schoonmaker replied.

"So this is an outline of where the bed was?" Maher asked Schoonmaker.

"Right this would have been where the king size bed is," he explained. "There were two large blood stains... one near the head of the bed...and one kind of in the middle of the bed.

"The doors were off the rails," the detective continued. "The center door was actually broken through--what we saw was blood...

"There was hundreds of blood spots back and forth...and there were smears... so you can tell that the person that was bleeding was moving in a crouched position back and forth against this wall."

"You think she crawls in here?" Maher asked.

"She crawled in here to hide..." the detective demonstrated, moving side to side."I believe that he was trying to get from this side... she'd move to that side...he'd come to this side...she'd move to this side... "

"and as I walked into the bathroom there was the victim laying on the floor...she was naked, she was laying on her back, her eyes were open and she was staring straight up," said Doney.

The girl on the bathroom floor turned out to be 31-year-old Felicia Tang, a model and actress with the typical Hollywood dream of fame and fortune.

"She was my best friend...for many, many years...and probably the only friend I had for a while..." said her friend, Christina, who asked that "48 Hours" not use her last name.

Christina knew Felicia for 10 years.

"I just know she was making a ton of money!" she explained. "She had a lot of gigs...it just escalated..."

Mike Ferrara got Felicia started in modeling. He runs DSport magazine, a business built around fast Asian cars and models.

"She loved the cars, she loved the crowds...and she was just really into it," he said. "The DSport cover formula is a bad ass car and a hot model."

He put Felicia on the cover.

"She was born in Singapore, came over here to the United States and was...chasing that American dream," said Ferrara.

For Felicia, it worked, snagging a couple of small roles in blockbuster movies with big stars like "Rush Hour 2" and the "Fast and the Furious".

"She was really hoping to get that big break," said Ferrara.

But that really big break never came and by 2009, after 10 years of the fast life chasing her dream, Felicia decided to slow down and start school.

That's the time when she met Brian Randone. He was a successful salesman and born again Christian who found a unique way of spreading the gospel.

"Oh, he definitely has a lot of presence..." Christina said. "He's some type of Bible mime...so he's got this thing about him."

"I use my body like dance and movement and mime and speaking," Randone explained. "Just travelled all over the world and showed people basically how to apply the Bible to life...

Strangely enough, Randone, the preacher, also loved Las Vegas. That's where he met Felicia in April 2009.

"He just went straight at her...with that intensity and he just went -- boom -- right at her," said Christina.

"She was like the perfect girl," Randone added, "she was like my dream girl."

"It felt like that guy who's just trying to score," Christina continued. "He was just trying to pull her into

him as if he was already gonna walk away with her... that's when I turned around and I say, 'Hey you already got her number.' Like that's it...enough is enough."

But Brian Randone was charming, attractive and successful. So a few days later when he called, Felicia agreed to a date. Christina was skeptical.

"What kind of guy says to you on the first date, 'What would your parents think if you married a white guy,'" she said.

But that suggestion of marriage may have been exactly what Felicia was looking for.

"...she wanted to create a home and that type of lifestyle," Christina explained, "that's what she was like. ...she was Betty Homemaker."

And they found out they had a lot in common.

"We liked hiking, we liked jet skiing, we liked dancing and we liked partying,' said Randone.

In just two months, Felicia was practically living in Randone's suburban L.A. apartment.

So on the day that paramedics found Felicia's body and Brian's bedroom destroyed, it seemed fairly logical that police would suspect Randone. He had been home, he was the one who called 911, and according to the cops, he was acting a little strange.

"When I walked in the room, I noticed the boyfriend, Mr. Randone, was sitting with his arms on his legs and he had his head down... and he was just sitting -- very quiet, very still," Det. Doney explained. "The impression I got was that he wasn't upset. ...there was no emotion, and my God, I mean even if I had a dead stranger upstairs in my bathroom, I'd be very emotional...

"... I asked him point blank... asked him, 'What happened?'" Doney continued. "He looked up at me, he was not crying. ...which again I thought was a little strange, and he said, we both used GHB and were having rough sex."

GHB, Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, is a naturally occurring substance found in the body, but it can also be made synthetically. In the last few decades, it's become a popular illegal party drug that's supposed to make you feel sleepy and sexy. It's supposed to be sipped by the capful. Felicia drank it like water, Randone says, from a bottle on her bedside table.

"Did you tell a cop who was there that morning that the two of you were having rough sex?": Maher asked Randone.

"No. I saw that in the police report," he replied. "Like where does a guy get this from?"

"You never told anyone that?"

"Never...we never had rough sex," said Randone.

"Why would I lie about that? I have a clean, perfect record. I'm a straight arrow..." Det. Doney said. "If it's true that they did have rough sex ... sometime during this rough sex he got too rough with her... I firmly believe that this is a murder case and he killed her."

Randone was charged with Felicia Tang's murder just hours after she was pronounced dead. Randone says the charge was not only a rush to judgment, but a flat-out lie.

"Did you kill Felicia?" Maher asked Randone.

"Absolutely not," he replied.

"Did you beat her? Did you lay a hand on her in any way?"

"I've never hit Felicia," Randone said. "I've never hit a woman, and I just -- I just -- I don't do that. I did just the opposite."

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