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Phil Spector juror falls ill

April 1, 2009 |  2:28 pm

Deliberations in Phil Spector's murder retrial, already proceeding slowly because of two court holidays, were cut short today after a juror became ill.

The male panelist displayed "all the symptoms of the flu," Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told attorneys at midday after dismissing the jury. The jurors began weighing evidence against the 69-year-old pop producer on Thursday, but did not convene Monday or Tuesday.

Spector is accused of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at his estate. His defense contends that she committed suicide.

-- Harriet Ryan