Phil Spector, 71, has begun legal action to appeal his murder conviction. In Los Angeles court on Tuesday, the music producer’s lawyers demanded that his conviction for second degree murder be overturned. Spector was found guilty of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot wound to the mouth in the foyer of his home. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 19 years. The first hearing took place in 2007 but ended in mistrial when the jury couldn’t agree on a verdict. Spector was found guilty in 2009 at a second trial. His lawyers are asking for a third trial on the basis that during the second trial, Judge Larry Paul Fidler used his hand to point out the location of crucial blood evidence during a Powerpoint presentation. According to the prosecution, the location of the blood spots prove that Clarkson was murdered and did not commit suicide as Spector’s lawyers suggested. The Los Angeles Times reported that Presiding Justice Joan Klein said the photos showed “a mere clarification” of witness testimony by Fidler, adding, “Judges do it all the time.” Spector’s legal team also argued that testimony from five women who claimed to be victims of gun-related incidents involving Spector in the past prejudiced the jury. However, prosectution insists Spector’s history of gunplay is relevant to the case.
Phil Spector to appeal murder conviction
By Alexandra Heilbron on April 14, 2011 | 10 Comments