Phil Spector's fate in the hands of jurors



A jury of seven men and five women began deliberations Thursday on the fate of legendary music producer Phil Spector, accused of shooting dead an actress at his Los Angeles home six years ago, officials said.
After hearing five months of testimony in Spector's retrial, jurors must decide whether Spector committed murder, the lesser charge of manslaughter or whether actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide, as the defense alleges.



Phil Spector's fate in the hands of jurors
Spector, 69, narrowly escaped conviction in 2007 after a six-month trial ended with a jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of finding him guilty.
Prosecutors have alleged that Spector shot Clarkson as she attempted to leave his home after meeting him for the first time only hours earlier at the Hollywood nightclub where she worked.
Defense lawyers said Clarkson, 40, best-known for her role in Roger Corman's 1985 cult classic "The Barbarian Queen" but whose career had stalled at the time of her death, killed herself.
Spector is regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. In the early 1960s he was responsible for hits including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Be My Baby, Baby" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
Famed for his work with The Beatles, Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes and The Ramones, Spector faces a minimum 15 years to life in prison if he is found guilty of second degree murder.
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Friday, March 27th 2009
AFP
           


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