Rock music producer Phil Spector stands convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of film actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago.
A Los Angeles jury returned the verdict Monday. Spector exhibited
no reaction to the verdict. His young wife, Rachelle, sobbed.
Spector's attorney argued his client should remain free on bail
before sentencing, but the judge sent Spector to jail immediately.
Second-degree murder carries a penalty of 15 years to life in
The 40-year-old Clarkson died of a gunshot fired in her mouth as
she sat in the foyer of Spector's mansion. She'd met Spector only
hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess.
Prosecutors argued Spector had a history of threatening women
with guns when they tried to leave his presence. The defense
claimed Clarkson killed herself.
It was Spector's second trial. His first jury deadlocked 10-2,
favoring conviction, in 2007.