April 28, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Eccentric music producer Phil Spector was convicted on Monday April 13, 2009 of second degree murder, for the 2003 death of actress of Lana Clarkson, and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

In his second trial, held after a jury deadlocked in 2007, Spector was found guilty of second degree murder in Los Angeles and will be facing 18 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 29th.

As the verdict was read, Spector remained stoic while his wife, Rachelle, wept. Spector’s criminal defense attorney requested that he remain free on bail pending the sentencing hearing. However, the judge denied this request stating, “Public safety and protection are paramount.” Spector was taken into custody immediately, and a no-bail hold was issued.

Prosecutors argued that the shooting was part of a pattern of gun play and violence that Spector displayed toward women. Spector’s criminal defense attorney, on the other hand, argued that Clarkson’s depression and her failing career led her to commit suicide. Spector’s criminal defense attorney also criticized the court’s decision to allow several female witnesses to testify about incidents dating back 20 years.

However, jurors stated that they based their decision on the totality of the evidence, and didn’t give one specific piece of evidence too much weight.

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