Defence attempts to admit victim's diary as evidence
Phil Spector‘s murder trial heated up today (May 31) when opposing counsel argued about whether the defence can admit gunshot victim Lana Clarkson‘s computer diary as evidence.
The diary is said to contain writings on the actress’ fascination with guns and her depression about her acting career.
This follows Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena‘s testimony earlier in the week that Clarkson was mentally sound and had no known bouts of depression.
He admitted today that he had not done a “psychological autopsy” on Clarkson because he had concluded her death was a homicide, and her family had not requested it.
Renowned producer Spector is accused of murdering Clarkson on February 3, 2003 at his Los Angeles mansion. The defence contends her death was suicide.
Defence attorney Christopher Plourd asked Pena whether he took into consideration the documents found in Clarkson‘s computer.
The prosecution proceeded to object, and after a brief conference at the bench, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler dismissed jurors from the room and ordered a full-scale hearing on the issue, reports the Associated Press.
According to Piourd, Clarkson‘s computer contained a composition called ‘The Story Of My Life’ in which she spoke about having a drug problem in her youth and having what Piourd called “delusions.”
“She’s seeing people who are deceased and talks to them,” he said. “She talks about seeing a dead actress who comes to her in visions, a struggling actress who didn’t make it and killed herself with a gun.”
The prosecution maintains that these writings have not been authenticated. However, Judge Fidler seemed to reprimand Prosecutor Alan Jackson for not disclosing the information in court.
“If you have the words of a deceased…how do you keep that away from the jury and away from an expert who could have considered it,” said Fidler.
–By our Los Angeles staff.