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Phil Spector's Murder Case
Record Producer Phil Spector's Murder Trial in LA

Accused of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, Phil Spector leaves the courtroom at Los Angeles Superior Court

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Music producer Phil Spector is a legend in his industry. He's worked with groups like The Beatles and The Ramones. He's also famous for having pulled a gun on artists from the aforementioned bands. It's no secret that Spector is eccentric. He lived in Alhambra in an isolated mega-home known as Pyrenees Castle.

So, when it was announced that he would be going on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson (on February 3rd, 2003), some in the industry mused that it wasn't at all shocking considering his reputation.

On the night in question, Spector met Clarkson, a hostess at the House of Blues Sunset Strip in her place of business. The actress/hostess went back to the producer's 33-room mansion late that night. A couple of hours later, claims his chauffeur, Spector walked out of his house, carrying a gun with blood smeared on his hand and said, 'I think I killed someone.' The authorities discovered Clarkson dead, shot in the mouth and slumped in a chair. During police questioning Spector claimed to have accidentally shot her.

In September 2007, his murder trial resulted in a hung jury and was declared a mistrial. In 2009, at the completion of the second trial, Spector was found guilty. On May 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. He is currently serving his sentence in Corcoran State Prison (in the company of inmates like Charles Manson). He will not be eligible for parole until he is 88 years old.

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