Phil Spector trial: Day 15

Coroner admits limits of scientific evidence

The coroner who conducted actress Lana Clarkson‘s autopsy was cross examined in court today (May 30) during Phil Spector‘s murder trial, which continued in Los Angeles.

Dr Louis Pena admitted that medical findings could not determine who held the gun that fired the bullet killing Clarkson.

Spending his second day on the stand, Pena was cross examined by defence counsel Christopher Piourd, who is attempting to prove that Clarkson accidentally killed herself.

Renowned producer Spector is accused of murdering actress Clarkson on February 3, 2003 at his Los Angeles mansion. The defence contends her death was suicide.

“Let’s get it very basic. You can’t tell who was holding the gun?” Piourd asked the coroner.

“That’s correct,” Pena responded.

Yesterday Pena clearly stated that Clarkson‘s death was a homicide, but today admitted that there were limits to the scientific evidence.

Pena also said today that Clarkson had gunshot residue on her hands, but clarified that it does not prove that she was holding the gun, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“There are two ways to look at it,” Pena said. “It implies the person could have been holding a weapon at the time of discharge or could be in the vicinity.”

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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