Producer Phil Spector Jury Transcripts Unsealed

Published: 2005-01-10
On trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, it has been revealed that legendary producer Phil Spector changed his story of the incident between the arrival of the police and his later statements. According to newly released grand jury transcripts Spector first said that he mistakenly shot Clarkson, while later saying that he thinks she committed suicide.

The transcripts were released after media giants like The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press won a legal suit to unseal them. Some of the statements held within the transcripts include those of police officers, Spector's chauffeur, as well as other acquaintances. Spector faces a sentence of life without parole, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out on bail that was set at 1 million dollars.

The official statement from police officer Beatrice Rodriguez, who was at the scene of the 2003 shooting reads that Spector originally said to officers: "What's wrong with you guys? What are you doing? I didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident."

Spector's chauffeur Adrion De Souza testified that he heard a gunshot from outside and saw Spector leave his home holding a revolver, who then said, "I think I killed somebody". Others who testified in the trial were women associated with Spector, who said the producer had threatened them with a gun on separate occasions.

One of the most famous producers to come out of the hey-day of rock, Spector is known for creating the "wall-of-sound" approach. He's worked with many of music's best, and is well known for producing The Beatles final album 'Let It Be' much to Paul McCartney's chagrin. The last group Spector worked with before the Lana Clarkson incident was British band Starsailor for their 2004 sophomore effort entitled 'Silence Is Easy'.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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