LOS ANGELES COUNTY sheriff’s detectives have concluded that legendary producer PHIL SPECTOR was responsible for the shooting earlier this year that left actress LANA CLARKSON dead.
The legendary producer was arrested in the early hours of February 3 after police responded to reports of a shooting at his Alhambra mansion. Clarkson, 40, was found dead in the foyer of his home and a handgun was retrieved from the scene.
Spector posted $1 million bond the next day and was freed. He was initially scheduled to appear in court on August 4, six months after he posted bail, but prosecutors were still waiting for the evidence to be handed over by investigators. Police cite complex forensic tests and the thorough review of evidence as the cause for the lengthy lag time between Clarkson’s death and the conclusion of their investigation, Rolling Stone reports.
Spector has maintained his innocence since the shooting occurred. He told Esquire this summer, “I didn’t do anything wrong. If they had a case, I’d be in jail right now.” The producer insists that Clarkson, whom he met for the first time on an evening out in LA the night before the shooting, shot and killed herself.
Investigator Captain Frank Merriman disagreed, telling the LA Times: “It’s not an accident, it’s not a suicide. Phil Spector shot her.”
Last month Spector’s bail was extended to September 30. Prosecutors have not yet indicated their course of action. No charges have been filed yet, but the case has been turned over to the county’s district attorney.