Spector Lawyer Expects Murder Indictment
A lawyer for Phil Spector said today (Sept. 22) he has been asked to bring the rock producer to a Los Angeles court next week and fears his client has been indicted by a secret grand jury for the 2003A lawyer for Phil Spector said today (Sept. 22) he has been asked to bring the rock producer to a Los Angeles court next week and fears his client has been indicted by a secret grand jury for the 2003 murder of a B-movie actress.
"Nobody said to me, 'Your client has been indicted,' but as a former deputy district attorney and a lawyer for 34 years I can't imagine any other reason to be there Monday morning with Phil," defense attorney Roger Rosen said.
Prosecutors declined to comment on the Spector case, which stems from the Feb. 3, 2003 shooting death of 40-year-old Lana Clarkson at his mansion near Los Angeles. Spector, best known for his pioneering "Wall of Sound" recording technique and his work with the Beatles, was charged in November 2003 with Clarkson's murder.
Defense attorneys had been preparing for a preliminary hearing in which prosecutors would have had to show enough evidence against Spector to bind him over for trial. By taking the unusual step of obtaining an indictment, Rosen said, prosecutors were able to skip that step, suggesting they had a weak case.
"Phil is very disappointed," Rosen said. "He believed that at the time of the preliminary hearing we would have the opportunity to challenge the evidence. He felt strongly that there was a very significant possibility that this case would be thrown out at the prelim, so he's very disappointed that he's lost that chance."
Clarkson, who apparently met Spector while working at the House of Blues nightclub on the Sunset Strip, was found dead in the foyer of his 33-room faux castle. An autopsy report found that she had been killed by a single gunshot and that the weapon had been placed in her mouth.
Spector claimed in an interview with Esquire magazine that the tall, blond actress killed herself in a bizarre suicide that involved kissing the gun. His attorneys say the autopsy report supports the view that the gunshot was self-inflicted.
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