Phil Spector murder retrial to go ahead

Legendary producer to appear in court later this year

Legendary producer Phil Spector is to face a murder retrial later this year.

The move comes after an appeals court in California rejected a call for a stay of the trial so the defence could appeal on the grounds of double jeopardy.

The court also dismissed an assurance that prosecutors would not ask jurors to convict Spector of lesser offences.

The first trial, in which he was accused of shooting dead actress Lana Clarkson in his Los Angeles mansion in 2003 collapsed at the end of September 2007 after 12 days of deliberation when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Spector, who was famous for the Wall Of Sound recording technique in the 1960s, was charged with second degree murder. His defence lawyers argued that Ms Clarkson‘s death was suicide.

A decision on a second trial has taken until now due to the commitments of the last member of his legal team Christopher Plourd who has been involved in two death penalty cases, reports BBC News.

The retrial will go ahead in October.