Stalled Phil Spector Murder Trial Back On Track
The nine-man, three-woman jury deliberating the charge of murder in the high-profile Phil Spector trial is moving forward with their decision after receiving new jury instructions. The jury was deadlocked 7-5 earlier this week due to their grappling with the meaning of reasonable doubt. L.A. Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler informed them that it would be withdrawn so they could move forward.
In a more weighty decision, Fidler also declared that it would be inappropriate for the jury to ponder a lesser charge of manslaughter. The jurors, who have been huddled since Sept. 10, told Fidler on Tuesday that they were split 7-5 and unable to reach a verdict in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson. Spector has been charged with second-degree murder and faces a possible life sentence if found guilty.