Phil Spector -- Guilty of second degree murder

Phil Spector in Retrial Of Music Producer Phil Spector Continues
(Getty Images)more pics »Legendary music producer Phil Spector, inventor of the "Wall of Sound' production technique, has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson, according to the LA Times. A Los Angeles jury took nine days to reach its decision, after an earlier jury was deadlocked at 10-2. The verdict comes more than six years after Clarkson was found dead at Spector's Los Angeles home.

Spector could face up to 18 years in prison as a result of the guilty verdict.

Spector and his laywers contended that Clarkson, a blond bombshell who had worked as both a fashion model and actress, had shot herself in his home due to depression over her lagging acting career.

However, prosecutors portrayed Spector as an angry, sadistic drunk who would play Russian roulette with unwilling women, with one prosecutor telling jurors:
By the grace of God, five other women got the empty chamber and lived to tell. Lana just happened to be the sixth woman who got the bullet. The jury consisted of six men and six women. They had been given the option of convicting Spector of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser charge, but decided to vote in favor of second degree murder.

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