Phil Spector trial: Day 22

Criminalist defends evidence gathering methods

A coroner’s criminalist defended her evidence-gathering methods when she took the stand in the Phil Spector murder trial today (June 13).

Jamie Lintemoot of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office said she did nothing wrong and did not compromise any evidence while working at the scene of the crime the morning after actress Lana Clarkson was found dead at Spector‘s Los Angeles mansion in February 2003.

“I do not believe I compromised evidence,” Lintemoot said.

Linda Kenney Baden, one of Spector‘s lawyers, questioned the criminalist about the procedure she used involving acetate tape to lift evidence off of Clarkson‘s clothing.

Kenney Baden implied that the bloodstains on the actress’ dress may have been disturbed by the tape lift.

If proven, this could be key to the defence’s expected argument that the pattern and size of the bloodstains indicate Spector was too far from Clarkson to have shot her.

This could help them make the case that the actress shot herself and was not murdered by Spector, as prosecutors allege.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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