LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — A jury has found music legend Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of an actress at his home in Alhambra, California.
The jury returned the verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom shortly after 5 p.m. ET on Monday.
The six men and six women began their deliberations on March 26. They deliberated for about 30 hours.
Jurors had to decide whether Spector, 69 was guilty of second-degree murder or a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Spector, 69, was charged in the death of Lana Clarkson, 40, who was found dead, slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s home with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth.
A mistrial was declared in Spector’s first trial in September 2007. After deliberating 15 days, jurors told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that they were unable to reach a verdict. Spector was also charged with second-degree murder in that trial.
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In closing arguments at the retrial, prosecutor Truc Do called Spector “a very dangerous man” who “has a history of playing Russian roulette with women — six women. Lana just happened to be the sixth.”
She pointed out that Clarkson bought new shoes on the day she died — something a suicidal woman would not do.
Co-prosecutor Alan Jackson urged jurors to find justice for Clarkson. “Philip Spector is guilty of Lana Clarkson’s murder. She is entitled to your justice,” he said. “Philip Spector had his hand on that gun, and Lana Clarkson ended up dead.”