Spector's Murder Trial Set For September
A Los Angeles judge yesterday (Feb. 17) scheduled record producer Phil Spector's murder trial for Sept. 16 and said he will review a prosecution motion on what evidence should be allowed.A Los Angeles judge yesterday (Feb. 17) scheduled record producer Phil Spector's murder trial for Sept. 16 and said he will review a prosecution motion on what evidence should be allowed.
Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler did not provide details of the motion, which was sealed. Fidler said it involved admission of evidence at trial and that he found "the possibility of undue prejudice may impact the trial."
The judge also set a schedule for pretrial hearings during the brief court session.
Spector is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death on Feb. 3, 2003, in the foyer of his castle-like hilltop home in suburban Alhambra.
The 64-year-old producer, wearing a black frock coat with a dragonfly broach and black boots with stacked heels, appeared in court with bodyguards and friends. He sat with clasped hands for much of the hearing, only responding "yes, your honor" when asked if he waived his right to a speedy trial so the September date could be set.
Spector, free on $1 million bail, and his attorneys did not speak to the media as they left the downtown courthouse.
His lawyers did not object to the date but Sandi Gibbons, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said it was likely the date would be postponed because the defense indicated previously that it would not be ready for trial in mid-September.
In grand jury testimony, Alhambra police testified that Spector told arresting officers: "I didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident."
According to transcripts, a prosecutor told grand jurors that Spector later changed his story and told police that Clarkson had committed suicide. A coroner's report in the case showed that Clarkson was shot with a gun inside her mouth and had gunshot residue on both of her hands.
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