September 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rock music producer Phil Spector has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress
Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned the verdict Monday after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberations.
The 40-year-old Clarkson, star of the 1985 cult film "Barbarian Queen," died of a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector's mansion in 2003. She met Spector only hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess.
Prosecutors argued Spector had a history of threatening women with guns when they tried to leave his presence.
The defense claimed she killed herself.
It was Spector's second trial. His first jury deadlocked 10-2, favoring conviction in 2007.
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