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Phil Spector's fate still in hands of jury

April 2, 2009 | 11:29 am

There won't be a verdict this week in the Phil Spector murder retrial, thanks to a nasty case of the flu.

A Superior Court judge canceled deliberations for the rest of the week after a male juror who became ill Wednesday was not well enough to proceed. In the week since lawyers wrapped up closing arguments, the panel of six men and six women have spent just one full day and two half-days discussing the case because of the illness and two court holidays.

Spector, 69, is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in his Alhambra residence six years ago. A 2007 trial ended in a hung jury.

-- Harriet Ryan