Spector seeks a new lead counsel

first_imgRETRIAL: Only one attorney stayed on the music producer’s case; he still may bow out. By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Most of Phil Spector’s defense lawyers are bowing out of his second murder trial, and the legendary music producer has begun an intensive search for a new lead counsel, a remaining lawyer told the judge Wednesday. Clarkson, 40, died about 5a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, of a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra mansion. The defense contends that the shot was self-inflicted, either an accident or a suicide. The prosecution contended that Spector shot her. Clarkson’s mother and sister, who attended the entire trial, were present Wednesday with their lawyers. They have filed a wrongful-death civil suit against Spector.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m the last man standing,” said attorney Christopher Plourd, who presented scientific evidence during the trial which ended last week in a mistrial. The jury deadlocked 10-2 with the majority favoring conviction. “Mr. Spector is actively seeking new lead counsel. He probably needs three, four or five weeks to do this. He’s interviewing one lawyer today,” said Plourd, who added that six lawyers were waiting in the wings to talk to Spector. “I don’t know if I’ll stay on the case or not,” Plourd told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. He said that San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan, who joined the team in its last weeks, will stay on to handle legal motions but not as trial counsel. Spector did not attend Wednesday’s hearing. The 67-year-old record producer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. last_img

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