Monday, March 19, 2007
Phil Spector Murder Trial To Begin
The murder trial of music producer, Phil Spector will start today in Los Angeles. Spector, 66 is charged with the murder of actress, Lana Clakerson, 40 on February 3, 2003. Grand jury transcripts show that Spector said that he had accidently shot Clarkson. He later said she took her own life. Lana Clarkson was found dead of a single gun shot wound to the head in the foyer of Spector's Los Angeles mansion. No one else was in the home. The coroner called the shooting a homicide, but said it was possible that she killed herself. She had gunshot residue on her hands. Spector had just met the victim hours before at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. She worked there as a hostess.
Spector pleaded not guilty and has been out on $1 million bail. His attorney, Bruce Culter siad that the defense will be that Spector, "didn't shoot this woman. Everything in this case is consistant with a self-inflicted gunshot wound." The jury selection should last two days and opening statements start April 30th. Phil Spector is famous for creating the "wall of sound" in the 1960's. He also found acts like Sonny and Cher. Clarkson starred in the cult classic Barbarian Queen.