Sheriff's detectives probing a fatal shooting at music producer Phil Spector's home will not be ready to present their case by his scheduled arraignment, the lead investigator said yesterday (Feb. 18)

Sheriff's detectives probing a fatal shooting at music producer Phil Spector's home will not be ready to present their case by his scheduled arraignment, the lead investigator said yesterday (Feb. 18). If that happens, the March 3 arraignment would have to be postponed.

Spector, whose "wall of sound" recording technique transformed 1960s pop music, was arrested for investigation of murder after actress Lana Clarkson's body was found Feb. 3 in his mansion in suburban Alhambra, Calif. No charges have been filed, and the 62-year-old Spector is free on $1 million bail.

"Once we present the case, the district attorney will determine what charges will be filed if any," said the lead investigator, Lt. Dan Rosenberg.

Rosenberg said the length of the investigation was not unusual in a homicide case. "It's because we want to complete a very unbiased and comprehensive investigation," he said. "It takes time to get the physical evidence analyzed and back to us and to interview all of the people we feel we need to interview."

Rosenberg confirmed that one of the nation's leading forensic experts, Dr. Michael Baden, was flown in from New York by Spector's lawyer, Robert Shapiro, for the autopsy of Clarkson, 40. Both Shapiro and Baden worked on O.J. Simpson's murder trial. Shapiro said the day of Spector's arrest that he did not plan to comment on the case to news reporters.


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