This week's New Times feature story is an-depth look at the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, a young attorney at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Alder firm who was killed more than a year before Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme imploded. Melissa's best friend, Debra Villegas, is in a federal courtroom today facing a charge of money-laundering for her alleged role in aiding in the financial scam.
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Debra's estranged husband, Tony Villegas, has been in jail for more than two years, accused of killing Melissa. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
As the feature story explains the friendship between Debra and Melissa, this video, made by a friend of Melissa's, provides an intimate window into Melissa's world.