California corrections officials released a startling new prison mug shot of Grammy-winning music legend Phil Spector, convicted last month of second-degree murder and serving 19 years to life in prison.
It's impossible to rule out the possibility that an actress committed suicide in music producer Phil Spector's home, and that he is being unjustly accused in her death, Spector's defense attorney told jurors in closing arguments Tuesday.
A panel of nine men and three women is hearing evidence against Phil Spector in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. They include a journalist once assigned to the case, the estranged wife of a convicted murderer, a civil engineer working on his PhD and a Broadway actor-turned-film executive. The average age of the panel is 48, about two decades younger than the defendant.
Before he fell back into the spotlight for murder charges, legendary rock producer Phil Spector seemed to have retired to the life of a bon vivant, living in a Pyrenees castle he called home, courting pretty women he called friends, and casually slipping $100 bills into the hands of maître d's who never let him pay for his drinks.
A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday to imagine what they would have said if they had been in a parking lot outside the House of Blues more than four years ago as record producer Phil Spector coaxed a reluctant Lana Clarkson to come to his home.
Music producer Phil Spector, who is facing murder charges in connection with the shooting death of an actress at his suburban mansion last year, was arrested Friday morning after an altercation with his driver, police said.