Phil Spector's lawyers launch fresh appeal against murder conviction

Legal team call for third trial on the grounds of prejudice

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Phil Spector's lawyers have launched a fresh appeal against his 2009 murder conviction and asked for a third trial.

His legal team urged three judges at California's appeal court in Los Angeles yesterday (April 12) to throw out his original sentence on the grounds it was prejudiced by testimony from five women who claimed to be victims of gun-related incidents with the producer in the past.

Spector's lawyers maintain that actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide out of depression but the prosecution insists his history of gun play was relevant to the case, reports Reuters.

A similar appeal was launched just over a year ago by his lawyers.

Spector was given a 19-years-to-life jail sentence in May 2009 for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 after a second trial.

His first was declared a mistrial after jurors were deadlocked.

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