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Spector defense arguments continue

March 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The defense continued its closing arguments Wednesday in the Phil Spector murder trial. Spector's attorney, Doron Weinberg attacked the testimony of five women who claimed Spector confronted them with guns in the years before the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's Alhambra mansion.Weinberg argued that most of the women sold their stories to the tabloids for big paychecks. He said they became locked in to those accounts, which he said are not true. Prosecutors claim Spector's alleged confrontations with the women demonstrate his alleged inclination to turn to guns in a relationship dispute.

Tuesday Weinberg argued that Clarkson shot herself. He urged jurors to ignore the prosecution's efforts to portray the defendant as an evil man with a violent history.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Truc Do called Spector a "demonic maniac" with a history of threatening women with guns.

Spector is charged with shooting Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion on February 3,2003. His chauffeur has testified that Spector came out of his house and said, "I think I killed someone."

This is Spector's second trial on the murder charges. His first trial in 2007 ended with a jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction.

Sixty-nine-year-old Spector is a legendary music producer, best known for his "Wall of Sound" recording technique.


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