Phil Spector: Innocent or Guilty?
Seven men and five women make up the jury in Spector’s murder trial for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, and today they began deliberating whether or not the famed creator of music’s “Wall of Sound” would walk, or spend the remainder of his life behind bars.
Well, maybe not the remainder of his life. The jury has several options, including convicting Spector of second-degree murder, which comes with a mandatory 18 years in the slammer. That means the 69-year-old Spector could be released when he’s 87.
The jury could also find him guilty of manslaughter, but neither defense or the prosecution wants to see the trial end on that note.
Of course, Spector, whose first trial for Clarkson’s death ended in a deadlocked jury (10 to 2 in favor of conviction), is hoping for another verdict – suicide. That’s what his lawyers pushed during both trials, claiming that Clarkson, despondent over her lackluster acting career, decided to shoot herself with Spector’s gun.
The Clarkson murder case has always been the kind of mystery you’d expect to read in a crime novel. One February evening in 2003 Spector goes to the House of Blues in West Hollywood and meets Clarkson, who is working as a hostess at the club. After talking for a while, they agree to go to Spector’s house. A few hours later Clarkson is dead from a bullet wound in the mouth.
Throughout both trials, witnesses testified about Spector’s crazy past with guns, and how he often brandished firearms while threatening women.
Giving his final argument to the jurors, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson asked them what they might have said to Clarkson if they could have spoken to the actress before she left the House of Blues with Spector, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“You’re all thinking the same thing,” Jackson said. “You’d say, ‘Lana, whatever you do, don’t go.’”
Did Spector shoot Clarkson? If so, was it an accident? Did Spector purposely aim and pulled the trigger? Or did Clarkson see a final-exit opportunity in Spector’s gun collection? What do you think?
Click here for the Los Angeles Times article.