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D.A. closes arguments in Spector trial

March 23, 2009 12:04:00 PM PDT
The prosecutor finished closing arguments in the murder retrial of Phil Spector Monday in downtown Los Angeles.Spector arrived at the downtown courthouse with his wife and bodyguard at this side.

The prosecution began closing statements Monday morning, saying Spector was a man who liked to play Russian Roulette.

Prosecutors say actress Lana Clarkson was his unlucky victim, allegedly shot and killed inside Spector's Alhambra mansion in 2003.

The defense maintains Clarkson shot herself.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has given this jury the choice of convicting Spector of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing.

But the prosecution is pursuing a conviction of second-degree murder, the same charge that resulted in a deadlocked jury in the first trial in 2007.

Prosecutors will try to convince the jury that the 69-year-old producer fired the fatal shot as Clarkson tried to leave his home.

If Spector is convicted of manslaughter, he faces as little as two to four years in prison.

A conviction of second-degree murder could mean a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Second-degree murder is an act with gross negligence and consciously taking the risk of killing someone.


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