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Phil Spector jury again interrupted by illness

April 9, 2009 |  1:55 pm

Spector, 69, faces second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting six years ago of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old actress. For a second time, deliberations in Phil Spector’s murder retrial have been interrupted by juror illness. The panel, which began weighing evidence March 26, went home at midday today after a juror became sick.

Because of court holidays and a prior instance where a juror was ill, the panel has deliberated only about 27 hours over seven days.

Spector, 69, faces second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting six years ago of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old actress. The jurors are also considering a lesser count -- involuntary manslaughter.

The legendary music producer contends Clarkson shot herself. The six-men, six-women panel has been relatively quiet during its deliberations, asking only to rehear Tuesday a portion of a criminalist's testimony.

-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: Phil Spector is seated in the courtroom during his retrial murder case at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 26, 2009. Credit: Al Seib / AP

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