Spector verdict reached

The jury in the Phil Spector murder trial has reached a verdict in the case. It is expected to be read after lunch this afternoon:

From NBC 4:

As of this morning, the jury had spent about 29 hours discussing the case over eight days since March 26.

Spector, 69, is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of 40-year-old actress and House of Blues VIP hostess Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra. He claims she shot herself with his gun.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has told jurors that they can consider convicting Spector of involuntary manslaughter instead of second-degree murder.

The option of involuntary manslaughter was not given in Spector’s first trial. That jury deadlocked 10-2 in September 2007, with the majority voting in favor of convicting him of murder.

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