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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Jury still out in Spector trial
Phil Spector
Mr Spector has worked with some of music's biggest names
The jury in the trial of music producer Phil Spector has retired after a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict as the case draws to a close.

Jurors were dismissed shortly after 1600 local time and will return to Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

Spector, famous for his 'Wall of Sound' recordings, denies shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his Californian home after a night out in February 2003.

His lawyers have argued that it was a case of suicide rather than murder.

The 67-year-old music producer could face between 15 years and life in prison if guilty.

The jury of nine men and three women retired to deliberate the charge of second-degree murder on Monday after Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave them final legal instructions.

The two sides in the trial closed their cases at the end of last week.

The prosecution, speaking last, offered a dramatic animated video purporting to recreate the shooting, showing Mr Spector within inches of Ms Clarkson's mouth.

Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson appeared in cult 1980s film Barbarian Queen
"These are not evidence," prosecutor Pat Dixon said of the animations. "They are our view of what happened."

Mr Spector's lawyer closed her case by asking jurors not to become "vigilantes".

She said they should not judge the star on his appearance or by stories of women who dated him.

"It's real easy to convict someone if you don't like them very much," lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden warned jurors.

"You're not the media. You are the search for the truth. Ask yourself - have they really proved their case or just attacked what we brought to you?"

Career slump

Ms Clarkson, 40, had been working as a hostess at the House of Blues venue in Los Angeles, and went home with Mr Spector on the night of her death.

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 has worked with some of the biggest names in the pop and rock business, including The Beatles and Ike and Tina Turner.

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


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