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Final arguments from Spector's lawyer

March 24, 2009 1:04:35 PM PDT
Jurors in the second-degree murder retrial of music producer Phil Spector heard closing arguments Tuesday from his defense attorney.Attorney Doron Weinberg tried to convince jurors that actress Lana Clarkson was distraught over her career, and committed suicide in Spector's Alhambra mansion back in 2003.

"Phillip Spector did not kill Lana Clarkson. That's what the evidence shows. That's what the truth shows," d Weinberg told the panel.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Truc Do rested her case on Monday against Spector, calling him a "demonic maniac," and urging jurors to convict him of murder, rather than the possibility of lesser involuntary manslaughter charges.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ruled Friday that he would allow jurors to consider the lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter along with the murder charge.

Do told jurors that Spector became a very dangerous man when he drank around women, noting Spector is alleged to have had previous gun-related confrontations with five other women after reported bouts of drinking. Do said the demise of Lana Clarkson was "a death waiting to happen."

"When he's ignited, he always does the same thing -- he grabs a gun," Do said. "In every single one of these incidents, Mr. Spector demonstrates conscious disregard for human life."

The 68-year-old's previous trial ended in a 10 to 2 deadlocked jury in favor of conviction back in September 2007.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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