Appellate Court Panel Upholds Phil Spector’s Murder Conviction

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A state appellate court panel Monday upheld record producer Phil Spector’s murder conviction for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that jurors should not have heard about five women who said that they were involved in gun-related incidents with Spector in the years before Clarkson’s shooting.

“The evidence showed that, when fueled by alcohol and faced with a lack or loss of control over a woman who was alone with him and in whom he had a romantic or sexual interest, Spector underwent a sharp mood swing, exhibited
extreme anger and threatened the woman with a gun when she refused to do his bidding,” Presiding Justice Joan D. Klein wrote on behalf of the panel in an 81-page ruling.

The appellate court justices also rejected Spector’s claim that there was prosecutorial misconduct during the closing arguments of his trial, which resulted in his second-degree murder conviction in April 2009.

The first jury to hear the case against him deadlocked 10-2 in favor of guilt in September 2007.

The 71-year-old producer is known for creating dense “wall of sound” arrangements for 1960s pop hits.

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  1. SA says:

    FREE PHIL !
    I think she killed herself when she came to the realization of how low in the toilet she had sunk, if she was willing to have sex with Phil in hopes of revitalizing her career.
    No gun shot residue on Phil; how did that happen?
    FREE PHIL !

    1. Mary Ann says:

      You need to listen to the trial evidence…he cleaned up and contaminated the evidence. HE IS WHERE HE BELONGS! MA

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