(Recasts, adds reaction from victim's family, legal comment)
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES, April 13 Legendary music producer
Phil Spector was convicted on Monday of murdering a Hollywood
actress in 2003 and will likely spend the rest of his life in
In his second trial, held after jurors deadlocked in 2007,
Spector, 69, was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Los
Angeles jury. The man once revered for revolutionizing pop
music in the 1960s with his "Wall of Sound" production
technique, faces a minimum of 18 years behind bars when he is
sentenced on May 29.
Lana Clarkson, 40, a B-movie actress, died of a shot to the
mouth, fired from Spector's gun in the foyer of his home
outside Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2003. The two met hours earlier
at a Hollywood nightclub.
California criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky said
Spector could only be paroled after spending the initial 18
years in prison. Only a few people sentenced to an
indeterminate length of time in jail ever get out, he said.
"He's got a better chance of winning the lottery than ever
being released," Kavinoky said.
Spector, who worked with The Ronettes, The Beatles, Cher
and Leonard Cohen at the height of his fame, denied murdering
The first trial ended in September 2007 with the jury
deadlocked 10-2, but in California jury verdicts must be
He did not testify at either trial and showed little
emotion when the verdict was read. He was taken into custody
immediately after the verdict.
'JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED' - CLARKSON'S FAMILY
Clarkson's family, which has also filed a wrongful death
civil suit against Spector, said they were "pleased that the
jury had rejected the distortion and trashing of (her) life by
"Justice has been served," they said in a statement. "Mr.
Spector has to take responsibility for his actions."
Prosecutors argued that the shooting of Clarkson was part
of a pattern of gun play and violence toward women displayed by
Spector in the past.
Spector's lawyers said Clarkson committed suicide while
suffering from depression over her failing career.
She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues in
Hollywood when she met Spector. She was best known as the star
of 1980s B-movies "Barbarian Queen" and "Amazon Women on the
The two long trials featured testimony from five women and
a jury visit to the mock castle where the reclusive Spector
lived. Spector appeared frail in court, his hands often
trembling. None of his old pop music friends testified in his
Spector had a troubled early life. His father committed
suicide, his sister spent time in mental institutions and
Spector suffered bouts of severe depression.
Shortly before Clarkson was shot, Spector told British
journalist Mick Brown in a rare interview that he had a bipolar
personality and had "devils that fight inside me."
In 2006, he quietly wed for the fourth time, marrying
model-actress Rachelle Short, who is about 30 years his
(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Bob