Phil Spector guilty of murder

A jury found music producer Phil Spector guilty of second degree murder for the killing of actress Lana Carkson.

Here’s the top of the AP story:

LOS ANGELES — Rock music producer Phil Spector has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned the verdict Monday after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberations.

The 40-year-old Clarkson, star of the 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen,” died of a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector’s mansion in 2003. She met Spector only hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess.

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New trial, new ‘do

This from the Associated Press, covering the Phil Spector murder trial downtown. Mr. Spector has a new hair-do for the occaision:

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Jury selection for music producer Phil Spector’s murder retrial began Monday.

About 80 prospects reported to court Monday and an initial group of 18 has been
chosen for questioning.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked the nine men and nine women if they can be fair and impartial and follow his instructions.

Spector is charged with second-degree murder in the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson.

 

The 40-year-old actress died of a gunshot through the mouth while sitting in
the foyer of his Alhambra mansion.

Spector’s first trial ended a year ago when jurors deadlocked 10-2, with the
majority favoring conviction. Spector’s defense suggested Clarkson shot
herself.

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