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Court told Spector is 'a maniac'

Phil Spector
If convicted Phil Spector faces up to 15 years in prison

The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial has told the jury he is a "demonic maniac" when he drinks and "a very dangerous man" around women.

Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a "conscious disregard for human life".

Mr Spector denies murder. His lawyer's closing argument is due on Tuesday.

Unanimous conviction

"This case is about a man who has had a history of playing Russian roulette with the lives of women," Do said.

"Five women got the empty chamber. Lana got the sixth bullet.

A ruling by Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler allowed five women from Mr Spector's past to give evidence.

They all claimed the star had confronted them with guns when they tried to leave his presence.

"When he's ignited, he always does the same thing - he grabs a gun. In every single one of these incidents, Mr Spector demonstrates conscious disregard for human life. Her death was a death waiting to happen in his world," Do said.

Deputy District Attorney Truc Do
He can wash his hands clean of her blood but he can't wash them clean of her murder
Deputy District Attorney Truc Do

Do joined the prosecution team for the second trial, after the jury failed to agree on a verdict in 2007.

During her final argument, she spoke briefly about blood spatter evidence which she said proved that Ms Clarkson could not have shot herself.

She cited evidence of Mr Spector washing his hands.

"He can wash his hands clean of her blood but he can't wash them clean of her murder," she said.

Attorney Doron Weinberg, from Mr Spector's defence team, asked the judge for a mistrial.

He claimed Do had overstepped the bounds of pretrial rulings by attacking the producer's character, instead of focusing on trial evidence.

The judge denied the motion.

Spector, 69, who is known for his Wall of Sound recording technique could face 15 years in prison if he is convicted.



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