MUSIC producer Phil Spector died at the age of 81 on Saturday, January 16.
Spector, who produced the renowned Beatles track Let It Be, was convicted after murdering Lana Clarkson in February 2003.
Music producer Phil Spector died while serving a jail sentence for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003Credit: AP:Associated Press
When did Phil Spector murder Lana Clarkson?
Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder after he fatally shot actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
The “wall of sound” producer was first tried for the murder of Clarkson in September 2007.
Although the first court proceedings led to a declared mistrial, a retrial that started in October 2008 led to him being found guilty of second-degree murder, according to Biography.
On February 3 2003, Lana Clarkson was found dead at Spector’s mansion in Alhambra, California.
The 40-year-old died of a gunshot fired into her mouth while she was inside.
Clarkson met Spector while working at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
After initially refusing his admission to the club’s VIP area, Clarkson was told by the management to treat Spector like “gold”, The Guardian reports.
After leaving in Spector’s limo, the two were driven to his mansion and went inside while his driver Adriano de Souza waited in the car.
About an hour later, the driver heard a gunshot and the music producer left his home via the back door.
Spector is alleged to have said: “I think I just shot her.”
Los Angeles cops found Clarkson slumped in a chair in the foyer, dead from a single bullet wound to the head.
The 81-year-old died on Saturday, January 16Credit: Rex Features
How long was Phil Spector in jail for?
Spector was imprisoned after fatally shooting Ms Clarkson.
The first trial led to a mistrial with a hung jury as ten jurors out of 12 favoured conviction.
Spector was tried again for second degree murder and in April 2009, he was found guilty of murdering Clarkson.
The disgraced music producer was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison on May 29 2009.
He would’ve been eligible for parole in early 2025.
Spector produced The Beatles hit ‘Let it Be’Credit: Getty Images – Getty