Thursday, April 26, 2007

Phil Spector Trial Started

More than four years after an actress was shot to death at Phil Spector’s hilltop home the opening arguements started in his trial. The prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that at times the music producer is “sinister and deadly.” Prosecutor Alan Jackson (no not the country music star) said Spector is someone “who, when he’s confronted with the right circumstances, when he’s confronted with the right situations, turns sinister and deadly.” “The evidence is going to paint a picture of a man who on February 3, 2003, put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson’s mouth — inside her mouth — and shot her to death.”
Spector, 67, a legendary music producer whose “Wall of Sound” transformed rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, lives in a rambling castle-like mansion in suburban Alhambra. It was there that he took Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003. She ended up dead in the foyer with a gunshot through her mouth. Clarkson, 40, was best known for her role in the Roger Corman 1980s cult classic Barbarian Queen. She had gone home with Spector from her job as a nightclub hostess. He met her only hours before she died. A chauffeur who drove the pair to Spector’s mansion has told of hearing a gunshot and seeing Spector emerge from the house holding a gun and declaring, “I think I killed somebody.” Spector later said he believed the shooting was an “accidental suicide” by Clarkson. It took about eight months for authorities to charge Spector with murder. If convicted of second-degree murder, he could face 15 years to life in prison.

Source: MSNBC

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