Rock producer Phil Spector will go on trial in January for killing a B-movie actress, nearly four years after the fatal shooting took place, a judge said on Friday.

Rock producer Phil Spector will go on trial in January for killing a B-movie actress, nearly four years after the fatal shooting took place, a judge said on Friday. Spector, who has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail, was not present at the hearing before California Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler.

Best known for his work with the Beatles and his signature "Wall of Sound" recording technique, the 66-year-old music impresario is accused of shooting to death Lana Clarkson, 40, in the foyer of his Los Angeles-area mock castle in February 2003.

An autopsy report concluded that Clarkson, the star of such movies as "Barbarian Queen" and "Amazon Women on the Moon," died after a revolver was placed into her mouth and fired.

Spector's lawyers are expected to argue that Clarkson committed suicide, echoing claims the producer made to police shortly after they arrived on the scene.


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