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Phil Spector, mother of Lana Clarkson settle wrongful death case

The mother of the actress murdered by Phil Spector settled her wrongful death suit against the legendary music producer Friday, nine years to the day after the fatal shooting in the foyer of his Alhambra mansion.

The terms of the settlement were confidential, a lawyer for Lana Clarkson’s mother said.

“Donna Clarkson is pleased and relieved that the civil matter is now over,” said attorney John Taylor.
Clarkson’s mother, a nurse, was a witness as well as a daily attendee at the 2009 trial that resulted in Spector’s conviction. She testified that her daughter was upbeat, rather than suicidal as the defense had suggested.

Spector’s insurance company hired an attorney to mount a defense against her civil suit, but Spector, serving a 19 years-to-life sentence, signed off on the settlement, Taylor said.

Neither Spector's lawyer nor the insurance company's attorney returned messages seeking comment.

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