Jury Selection Begins In Phil Spector Trial
March 19, 2007 at 5:50 AM (PT)
Four years after an actress was shot to death in the foyer of PHIL SPECTOR's home, a judge began the search for jurors who will be asked to decide whether the legendary rock music producer was responsible for the death of LANA CLARKSON, according to THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.
SPECTOR, who created the "wall of sound," faces a prospective jury pool of 300 people when the first phase of his trial gets under way. Although Superior Court Judge LARRY FIDLER has ordered that the trial be televised, cameras will not be present for jury selection.
In an email to friends, SPECTOR, 66, called the death "an accidental suicide." He has pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1 million bail since his arrest. SPECTOR, who lives in a mansion resembling a castle that is nestled into the hills above the LOS ANGELES suburb of ALHAMBRA, faces life in prison if convicted.
Legal experts say that while SPECTOR is a legend in the music business, the celebrity factor on this trial is likely to be minimal because only older members of the public are aware of his impact on pop music in the 1960s.