Spector Judge Retracts Idea Of Having Jury Consider Manslaughter

The judge in the Phil Spector murder trial has sent jurors home for the day and told them to return tomorrow.

Earlier, L-A Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler retracted his idea of giving the deadlocked panel a new instruction on a lesser charge than second-degree murder, saying it would be tantamount to telling them to convict the record producer of involuntary manslaughter.

When asked how the court might help break the deadlock, several
jurors cited differences of opinion among them on the evidence and on the concept of reasonable doubt.

Spector is charged with murdering Clarkson in his LA-area home in 2003.

The defense maintains Clarkson was depressed and shot herself either on purpose or by accident.

Spector faces 15 years to life if convicted of second-degree murder.


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