Phil Spector Sentence: Guilty of Lana Clarkson Murder

May 29, 2009

A verdict has been reached in the Phil Spector murder trial. Spector was found guilty of the murder of Lana Clarkson. The jury deliberated for 30 hours before reaching the verdict. Read more about the Phil Spector story here.

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In the second murder trial for Phil Spector, the jury has found the music producer guilty of the murder of Lana Clarkson. Lana died as a result of a gunshot fired in her mouth. The defense argued that Clarkson had killed herself, but after deliberating for over thirty hours, the jury found otherwise. During the first trial back in 2007, the jury was deadlocked at 10-2, favoring conviction. Spector now faces up to 25 years in prison. He will be formally sentenced on May 29, 2009.

Spector was born on December 26, 1940 making his age 68. He is a well-known American record producer and songwriter. He is the creator of the “Wall of Sound” production technique, and had over 25 top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965. He worked with legends such as Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones. His recognition also includes production work on the Academy Award winning Let It Be and Grammy Award winning Concert for Bangladesh soundtracks. The 1965 hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” was produced and co-written by Spector, and is listed as the song with the most air play in the 20th century. These great attributes to music, among many more, led to his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, as a non-performer.

In 1968 he married Veronica “Ronnie” Bennett, lead singer of the Ronettes. Their marriage ended in 1972 after Ronnie grew tired of his alleged abusive behavior. Ronnie Spector claimed that Phil showed her a gold coffin with a glass top, which he kept in his basement. He reportedly promised to kill and display her should she ever choose to leave him. Spector’s son also had allegations of abuse, saying that he was kept locked inside his room, with a pot in the corner to be used as a toilet. Ronnie Spector wrote a book about her experiences, and said years later,

“I can only say that when I left in the early ’70s, I knew that if I didn’t leave at that time, I was going to die there.”

Sadly in the more recent years, Spector has become more famous for his eccentric behavior, than his music. He lashed out at Tina Turner and Oprah for making Ike Turner a villain. And a few months before the murder of Lana Clarkson, Spector told the British Daily Telegraph that he had bipolar disorder and that he considered himself “relatively insane”.

See more photos of Phil Spector along with video below.

As an update on this story, today Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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