September 27, 2004

September27Today in 2004, record producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.

Spector, who was a pioneer of the girl-group sound of the ’60s,  produced more than 25 Top 40 hits from 1960 to 1965. He produced such famous acts as The Ronettes and The Crystals. He also worked with Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison and the Ramones.

In 2003, Lana Clarkson was found dead in Spector’s mansion in California. He was freed on $1 million bail while awaiting his trial, which started in 2007. However, the defense’s forensic expert, Henry Lee, was accused of hiding crucial evidence. Thus, the judge was forced to declare a mistrial after the jury was hung.

Spector was retrial for second-degree murder in 2008. After deliberating for 19 days, the jury returned a guilty verdict.

He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

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