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Jury selection to begin in Spector murder trial

March 19, 2007

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— Today the search begins for jurors to decide if famed music producer Phil Spector is guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003, after taking her home with him from the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.

Clarkson was found slumped dead in a chair in the foyer, her teeth blown out by a gunshot to her mouth.

The coroner's office called it a homicide - "death by the hand of another" - but also noted that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands and may have pulled the trigger.

"'I think I killed somebody,"' Spector was quoted as saying by his chauffeur, Adriano De Souza. The chauffeur also told a grand jury that Spector had emerged from his mansion holding a gun, with blood on his hands.

De Souza said he asked what happened and Spector responded, "'I don't know."'

In an e-mail to friends, Spector called the death "an accidental suicide." He pleaded not guilty and has remained free on $1 million bail since being arrested after the shooting.

Attorney Bruce Cutler said his defense will be simple: "He didn't shoot this woman."

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