New details emerge in beating death of N.O. talent agent
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New documents obtained by FOX 8 shed light on the death of a local talent agent from the victim’s own words.
Marla Belin lived for more than a week after she was attacked in the Seventh Ward, and she gave police an account of her attack that appears to conflict with an interview given Monday by her alleged assailant.
“I think it’s going to be very good for the prosecution. It may be deemed as a dying declaration, and I think it will get in,” said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.
Seven hours after she was assaulted, Belin told NOPD officers from her hospital bed that Tyrone Fountain walked up to her and stated, “You’re dead b----.” Belin then said that Fountain took her purse.
Fountain told a different story on Monday, three days after Belin died from her injuries.
“She says she doesn’t want to pay me, so I come back to get the problem straight, and she tells me get the F out of her face,” Fountain told FOX 8 on Monday before he was re-arrested for second-degree murder.
Fountain said Belin, who was feeding a friend’s dogs, turned the pit bulls on him. He said he didn’t remember striking her.
“I was born with epilepsy. I black out all the time,” he said.
According to the police report, Belin told officers that “The last thing she remembers was Fountain’s fist coming in her face and she then lost consciousness.”
The report also indicates that Belin knew Fountain and that Fountain was interested in her sexually. In her statement, Belin stated that she helped Fountain with his epilepsy by giving him a scalp massage, and she said, “Fountain wished to have sexual relations with her and she declined. The victim stated since that incident Fountain has been threatening her and she feared for her life.”
“She knows him, she identified him, there was a motive, and you have an eyewitness, and this epilepsy defense is going out of the window,” Raspanti said.
Fountain, who remained free on bond for three days after Belin died, has been jailed since his second arrest in the case Monday.
Today (Jan. 3) Judge Harry Cantrell set a Feb. 6 preliminary hearing date for Fountain. He’s being held on $500,000 bond.
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