Spector portrayed as ‘deadly’

first_imgThe judge repeatedly sustained prosecution objections to Cutler’s dramatically delivered remarks on grounds that he was making an argument rather than a statement. Addressing Spector’s history with women, Cutler characterized him as “a true romantic of a bygone era.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Music legend Phil Spector listened glumly in court Wednesday as a prosecutor portrayed him as a killer whose long history of victimizing women culminated in the death of a beautiful actress at his suburban castle. The defense countered that her death was an accident. Four years after the shooting of Lana Clarkson propelled Spector’s name into headlines again, a standing-room-only crowd filled a Los Angeles courtroom to hear opening statements in the record producer’s murder trial. “The evidence is going to paint a picture of a man who on February 3, 2003, put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson’s mouth – inside her mouth – and shot her to death,” said Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson. He showed jurors a picture of Clarkson’s body slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s home, her face covered with blood. The prosecutor portrayed Clarkson as the unwitting victim of a man who could be charming, “but when he’s confronted with the right situations, turns sinister and deadly.” Defense attorney Bruce Cutler said in his opening statement that “it’s a sad thing for any jury to see photographs that you saw” and that the evidence will show the shooting was a “tragic accident.” Cutler said investigators leaped to the conclusion that it was a murder. “The evidence will show that back on Feb. 3 of ’03, before they even had a cause of death, let alone a manner of death, they had murder on their mind. Murder on their mind – the police,” Cutler said. The attorney also cast doubt on the language abilities and awareness of a chauffeur who quoted Spector as saying he thought he killed somebody. last_img

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