Phil Spector has been found guilty of murder. Today Los Angeles jurors found him guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting and death of Lana Clarkson.
If this case feels like it’s been going on forever, it’s partially because of a deadlocked jury back in 2007, making the case a mistrial. 10 were in favor of convicting Spector, while 2 were not.
This second trial lasted 32 hours over a nine-day span. Spector now faces a minimum of 18 years in prison.
Spector was first arrested back in February of 2003 after his limo driver called police to report a dead body in the foyer of the producer’s mansion.
Spector’s chauffeur testified at the initial trial that Spector said to him, “I think I killed somebody.”
Spector met Clarkson at the House of Blues earlier that night, where she worked as a cocktail waitress, and invited her back to his home for a drink. It was the first time the pair had met.
Spector is now in custody, where he will remain until May 29th, when he will be sentenced. 18 years is just the minimum, and he could realistically be looking at life in prison.