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Jurors visit Phil Spector's home

Phil Spector
Mr Spector is famous for his "Wall of Sound" recording technique

The jury in the murder retrial of record producer Phil Spector has toured the Los Angeles home where actress Lana Clarkson died in 2003.

The jurors were shown enlarged photographs of the scene of her death, including pictures of her body.

A blood-stained chair, in which the actress died of a gunshot wound to the head - a piece of evidence not seen by the first jury - was also presented.

Spector, 68, denies murdering Lana Clarkson, 40, on 3 February 2003.

The defence claims Ms Clarkson, down on her luck and in a depressed state, pulled the trigger on the gun that killed her.

The prosecution maintains that Ms Clarkson, star of 1980s cult film Barbarian Queen, was shot by Mr Spector.

Alleged confession

The tour, which lasted one hour, took in the foyer, the bedroom and a bathroom and was watched by Mr Spector and his lawyers.

The splashing of a courtyard fountain has played an important role in the retrial.

Mr Spector's chauffeur has testified that he heard his employer say: "I think I killed somebody."

But defence lawyers say the noise of the fountain may have hindered the chauffeur's ability to hear what Mr Spector said.

Last month, prosecution lawyers sought an order to have the fountain turned off on the tour saying that, in the first trial, the music producer had tried to increase its volume.

But the judge ruled that the fountain should be switched on because it had only one speed and could not be altered.

At the end of January, prosecutors rested their case after nine weeks of evidence.

In Mr Spector's first trial, which lasted five months and ended in September 2007, the jury failed to reach a decision.

Mr Spector is famous for pioneering the "Wall of Sound" recording technique in the 1960s.

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