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Phil Spector murder trial: New hairdo, same arguments

October 29, 2008 |  2:25 pm

Phil Spector arrives

Haven't we seen this show before? Phil Spector strolling into court with a new hair style. Prosecutor Alan Jackson was back in court today trying to convince a jury that Spector killed Lana Clarkson. Jackson, who won praise for his aggressive prosecution last time, seems not to have lost any of his zeal. The Times' Harriet Ryan explains:

"You will be introduced to the real Phillip Spector," Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson told the Superior Court panel. That man, he said, has "a very rich history of violence" toward women that culminated with the murder of Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his Alhambra mansion. "This is how Phil Spector met Lana Clarkson," the prosecutor said as a glamorous head shot of the smiling blond actress appeared on a projection screen. "This is how he left her," he said as a police photo appeared showing Clarkson sprawled dead in a chair with blood on her mouth and nose. In the crowded spectators' gallery, there was a soft gasp.

Harriet on Spector's fashion statement: His "snowy white tie and pocket square stood out against a long black suit jacket and black shirt." Above: Spector today. Below: Spector's look from the first trial.

Photo credits: Top, Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; bottom, L.A. Times file photo

-- Shelby Grad