Spector Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
It’s been a long, drawn-out process involving a series of completely inscrutable hairstyle choices, but legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Wearing a black suit with a red tie and pocket square, Spector showed no reaction as the verdict was announced. Now 69, he faces a sentence of 18 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 29.
Asked if he agreed to the sentencing date, Spector quietly answered, “Yes.”
Prosecutor Alan Jackson said he believed the jury reached the correct verdict, and he acknowledged the strength and backing of Clarkson’s family. But defense attorney Doron Weinberg said Spector’s defense team disagreed and planned to appeal.
“We don’t believe justice was done,” Weinberg said.
AP photo / pool, Al Seib
Phil Spector, center, stands with his attorney, Doron Weinberg, left, as the verdict is read in Los Angeles on Monday.