Spector Jurors Will Wait Until Next Week

Jury deliberations in Phil Spector's murder retrial were called off Thursday for the rest of the week because one of the jurors is sick.

The six-man, six-woman panel -- which spent about two hours considering the case Wednesday before the juror went home sick -- is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Monday to resume deliberations.

Jurors began deliberating last Thursday.

Spector, 69, is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old actress, at his Alhambra mansion.

Spector claims she shot herself with his gun.

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. The jury in that trial 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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