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The music producer's attorney insists the victim killed herself six years ago

By People Staff
Updated March 25, 2009 10:00 AM
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Finally, it may all be coming to an end. On Wednesday, the jury in the long-gestating murder trial of Phil Spector is expected to begin deliberations after hearing closing arguments from the prosecution and defense.

The music producer, 69, is charged with second-degree murder stemming from the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003. His first trial ended in 2007 with a deadlocked jury.

On Tuesday, Spector’s attorney, Doron Weinberg, told the jury Clarkson killed herself, and presented 14 points of forensic evidence as proof, reports the Associated Press. The day before a prosecutor told the jury Spector was a “demonic maniac.”

Spector faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted, although the jury will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Joey Bartolomeo