Phil Spector gun victim was ‘depressed’

Murder investigation continues

Lawyers for US music producer Phil Spector, accused of murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson at his home in California, now claim that details of her state of mind should be used as evidence when the case goes to trial next Monday (April 16).

Clarkson died from a single shot to the head at the producer’s Los Angeles mansion in February 2003.

Spector has previously denied murder, claiming that the gunshot wound was “self-inflicted”.

Lawyers are now filing papers claiming that the actress was suffering from depression at the time of her death, arguing that she was despondent over her finances and career, and even suggesting drug use was finally to blame.

The trial will begin next week with jury selection, while opening statements are not expected to be made before the end of the month.