Just days before she died in the foyer of Phil Spector's Alhambra, Calif., mansion, actress Lana Clarkson said she was depressed and wanted to "end it," a close friend of Clarkson's testified today (J

Just days before she died in the foyer of Phil Spector's Alhambra, Calif., mansion, actress Lana Clarkson said she was depressed and wanted to "end it," a close friend of Clarkson's testified today (July 16) during the music producer's murder trial.

Spector, 67, is accused of fatally shooting the 40-year-old Clarkson, who was also a House of Blues VIP hostess, during the early hours of Feb. 3, 2003. He maintains she committed suicide.

Punkin Irene Elizabeth Laughlin, whose nickname is "Punkin Pie," said Clarkson called her about four or five days before her death and was in tears. Clarkson told her, "I don't want to live anymore, I don't want to live in this town. I want to end it," Laughlin testified.

"Those were Lana's words?" Spector attorney Roger J. Rosen asked. "Unfortunately, yes," Laughlin said.

Under cross-examination, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson noted that Laughlin was interviewed shortly after Clarkson's death by a Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator, but she never mentioned the conversation and said she had no indication Clarkson was depressed. Laughlin said she was trying to protect Clarkson by not discussing her depression.

Laughlin testified Thursday that Clarkson was her "best friend in the whole wide world." Clarkson and Laughlin became fast friends after meeting at a Halloween party in 1993, she told the court. "She was my mother, my sister, the best date you ever had because she was always on time," Laughlin said. "She was the funniest person I ever knew."

Prosecutors are still expected to call more witnesses, but could finish their case-in-chief today, Deputy District Attorney Patrick Dixon said.

Attorneys on both sides are also expected to argue about whether convicted Hollywood madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson will testify for the defense. Gibson suggested in her autobiography that Clarkson worked for her.


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