The legendary sixties music producer Phil Spector has been found guilty of the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson, after a Los Angeles jury listened to an impressive wall of evidence that he shot her in the face in 2003.
Spector orchestrated a long-playing plea of total innocence lasting for five years and two trials, despite his reputation as an overbearing bully with a penchant for waving guns in women's faces. However, the LA Police Department produced a huge-sounding wall of evidence, featuring courtroom hits like the chauffeur's testimony that his employer emerged from the house brandishing a handgun and saying "I think I killed someone."
Spector's defence lawyer - who claimed during the trial that Ms Clarkson had apparently shot herself in the mouth before standing up, carefully putting the gun in a drawer and then leaving the house to die in the courtyard - told reporters that the producer behind such timeless classics as 'You've Lost That Livin' Feeling' and 'Then He Killed Me' would appeal. However, music industry insiders thought this rather unlikely after today's verdict.