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Phil Spector's Murder Convinction Upheld

Phil Spector's Murder Convinction Upheld

Wednesday 4th May, 2011 9:29AM

Legendary music producer Phil Spector is to remain behind bars as his latest appeal fails to overturn his conviction for the murder of actress Lana Clarckson in 2003. Now in his seventies, Spector was convicted of second degree murder in 2009 after his first trial in 2007 ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.

Spector's lawyers had argued that both his trials were prejudiced by testimony from five women who said they were victims of gun-related incidents with Spector prior to the murder of Lana Clarson. They also sought to persuade the appeals court that trial judge Larry Fidler effectively turned himself into a prosecution witness when the second jury was shown a videotape of him describing evidence about blood spatter given by a technician in the first trial.

Full story available from Reuters.

A documentary about the iconic music producer was released last year and centres around interviews with Spector by Vikram Jayanti prior to his conviction. Check out the trailer below and Spinner published an interview with Jayanti about the documentary earlier this year.  

It has also been announced recently that Al Pacino will play Spector in an upcoming movie from HBO currently in the early stages of development.

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