Phil Spector Seeks New Defense Team For Murder Retrial

Most of Phil Spector's defense lawyers are bowing out of his second murder trial.

The 67-year-old music producer has begun an intensive search for a new lead counsel.

Attorney Christopher Plourd told a Los Angeles hearing today he is "the last man standing" and doesn't know if he will stay.

Plourd says six lawyers are waiting in the wings to talk to Spector.

The first trial ended last week in a mistrial.

The jury deadlocked 10-to-2 for with the majority favoring conviction.

Ploud told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan, who joined the team in its last weeks, will stay on to handle legal motions but not as trial counsel.

Spector did not attend today's hearing.

But the mother and sister of his alleged victim were present.

They have filed a wrongful-death civil suit against Spector.

Attorney Roger Rosen, who headed the often-fractured defense team during the long trial, asked the judge to relieve him and attorney Bradley Brunon from further representing Spector.

The judge agreed and said he has also been informed that New York
lawyer Linda Kenney-(BAH'-den) Baden is leaving the case.

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