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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 22:25 GMT 23:25 UK
Spector jury deadlock on verdict
Phil Spector arrives at court with his wife Rachelle Spector on 18 September 2007
Mr Spector has worked with some of music's biggest names
Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector have told the court they are split over a verdict.

Mr Spector, 67, famous for his work with The Beatles, Tina Turner and Cher, denies shooting actress Lana Clarkson, 40, at his home in February 2003.

The jury foreman at LA Superior Court said the panel was split seven to five.

Judge Larry Fidler said he might instruct them to retire again and attempt to reach a decision on a reduced charge of manslaughter.

The foreman did not reveal on Tuesday afternoon which way the jury was leaning following the five-month trial.

'Reasonable doubt'

He told the judge: "At this time we don't believe that anything else will change the positions of the jurors based on the facts of the case."

The defence immediately called for a mistrial but this was rejected by the judge after three jurors asked for further instructions.

One wanted to query the difference between "doubt" and "reasonable doubt".

Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson was killed by a bullet fired from a gun inside her mouth

The panel, which has been deliberating since 10 September, was dismissed for the day and will return to court on Wednesday morning.

Mr Spector's lawyers have argued that Ms Clarkson's death was a case of suicide rather than murder.

The actress went to Mr Spector's California home on the night of her death and was killed by a bullet fired from a gun inside her mouth.

Her acting career had hit the rocks after appearing in cult 1980s films such as Barbarian Queen and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Mr Spector would face between 15 years and life in prison if found guilty of second-degree murder.

He is regarded as one of rock music's most influential figures for his pioneering "Wall of Sound" recordings.

He produced hits like You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by the Righteous Brothers and The Ronettes' Be My Baby.




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