Spector Jurors Suspend Deliberations Early Due to Illness

Early afternoon, jurors wrapped up their deliberations for the day in Phil Spector's murder retrial because one of the panelists was not feeling well and was planning to see a doctor.

Jurors had resumed their deliberations after having Monday and Tuesday off in the murder retrial of Phil Spector, who is accused of shooting and killing actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion in 2003.
The six-man, six-woman jury was handed the case against the 69-year-old music producer late last Thursday morning after nearly five months of testimony culminating in more than two days of closing arguments.

Jurors deliberated just over two and a half hours last Thursday before going home for the day, then spent nearly four hours discussing the case Friday.

Spector is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of the 40-year-old actress. The two had met hours earlier at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where she had recently begun working as a VIP hostess.

Spector claims Clarkson shot herself with his gun.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told jurors last week that they can consider convicting Spector of involuntary manslaughter as well as second-degree murder. The option of involuntary manslaughter was not given in Spector's first trial. The jury in that trial deadlocked 10-2 in September 2007, with the majority voting in favor of convicting him of murder.

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