Sheriff's detectives say they have concluded that legendary record producer Phil Spector was responsible for the shooting death of an actress and have submitted their findings to prosecutors.

Sheriff's detectives say they have concluded that legendary record producer Phil Spector was responsible for the shooting death of an actress and have submitted their findings to prosecutors. "It's not an accident. It's not a suicide," Capt. Frank Merriman told the Los Angeles Times today (Sept. 19). "Phil Spector shot her."

No immediate decision was expected on whether criminal charges would be filed, said a spokesperson for the district attorney's office. The Los Angeles County coroner's findings on the case have been sealed for several months.

Spector, whose "wall of sound" recording technique transformed 1960s pop music, was arrested Feb. 3 for investigation of murder after the body of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson was found in the foyer of his hilltop Alhambra, Calif., mansion. He was released after posting $1 million bail.

Spector, 62, suggested in an Esquire magazine interview in July that Clarkson, an actress and hostess at the House of Blues, may have shot herself, but sheriff's investigators said in March that they discounted suicide.


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