Spector Jury Takes Up Deliberations Again

After a weekend off, jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial entered a 10th day of deliberations Monday in an effort to determine whether the legendary rock music producer killed actress Lana Clarkson.

The panel got the case Sept. 10 and was in its seventh day of deliberations last week when it reported it was deadlocked 7-5.

After two days of hearings, the judge issued the jurors new instructions and had them resume deliberations on Thursday.

Panelists met only briefly that day but got in more than four hours of deliberations on Friday before adjourning for the weekend.

Spector, 67, is charged with killing Clarkson in the foyer of his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after she met him
at her job as a nightclub hostess and went home with him.

The 40-year-old actress died when a bullet fired from a gun in her
mouth went through her spine.

Spector's lawyers say Clarkson shot herself.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler devised new instructors after two days of contentious hearings with defense attorneys and prosecutors.

The unorthodox approach he took, withdrawing a legal instruction and adding one that gave the jury suggestions on new interpretations of evidence, drew criticism from legal analysts who said his actions were weighted toward trying to convict Spector.

The experts suggested any resulting conviction would be vulnerable to reversal by a higher court.

The judge also told jurors they might want to start deliberations over with a new leader or try role reversal in which jurors argue each others' opposite opinions.


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