Phil Spector murder retrial gets under way

Prosecution alleges producer has history of threatening women with guns

Opening statements in the murder retrial of producer Phil Spector got underway in Los Angeles today (October 29), with the prosecution painting a picture of a man who repeatedly threatened women with guns.

Prosecutor Alan Jackson showed the new jury photos of actress Lana Clarkson, whom Spector is accused of murdering at his Los Angeles mansion in 2003. Jackson, who also worked on Spector‘s original trial last year, claimed that the producer shot Clarkson after she resisted his sexual advances.

Jackson also referred to the testimony of Spector‘s chauffer in the original trial, in which the driver claimed the producer said to him the night of Clarkson‘s death, “I think I killed somebody.”

Jackson gave several examples of women who claimed that Spector threatened them with guns over the years, reports the Associated Press.

Spector — the pioneer behind the 1960s Wall Of Sound technique — is accused of murdering Clarkson at his Los Angeles mansion on February 3, 2003.

After five months of heated testimony last year, the jury reached a 10-2 deadlock in favour of convicting Spector, which resulted in the judge declaring a mistrial.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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