Spector Jurors Hear Readback of Thumbnail Testimony

Jurors who are in the midst of deliberations in Phil Spector's murder retrial heard a readback Tuesday of testimony from a

criminalist who examined the body and clothing of Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot wound in the foyer of the music producer's Alhambra mansion.

The 15-minute readback focused on evidence collected by Jaime Lintemoot, a criminalist with the Los Angeles County coroner's office. She was at the shooting scene and said she removed blood and debris found on the body and black slip dress that Clarkson was wearing when she was shot.

Of apparent interest to four jurors taking notes Tuesday was testimony regarding a piece of thumbnail missing from Clarkson's right hand, according to City News Service.

After the readback, the six-man, six-woman panel resumed its deliberations, then went home for the day just before 4 p.m. In all, the panel has spent about 20 hours discussing the case since deliberations began March 26.

Jurors are due back in court Wednesday morning.

Spector, 69, is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of the 40-year-old actress and House of Blues VIP hostess. He claims she shot herself with his gun.


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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has told jurors that they can consider convicting Spector of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder.

The option of involuntary manslaughter was not given in Spector's first trial. That jury deadlocked 10-2 in September 2007, with the majority voting in favor of convicting him of murder.

Spector, renowned in music circles for the "Wall of Sound" technique he invented in the 1960s and used in his work with the Beatles and other groups, is free on $1 million bail posted shortly after his arrest.

Clarkson, who was best known for her starring role in the 1985 Roger Corman cult hit "Barbarian Queen," had bit parts on dozens of television shows and in a few well-known movies, such as 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

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