Scientific evidence proves actress Lana Clarkson shot herself in music mogul Phil Spector's home, according to the producer's attorney.
On Tuesday (24Mar09), in his closing argument to jurors in the ongoing murder retrial, Doron Weinberg concluded the clues in the case suggested Clarkson pulled the trigger in the foyer of his client's Alhambra, California mansion - and not Spector.
Using images on a large screen, Weinberg listed 14 points of forensic evidence, including DNA and gunshot residue, stating each one was proof of a self-inflicted wound.
He said, "Every single fact says this is a self-inflicted gunshot wound. How do you ignore it? How do you say this could have been a homicide?
"Phil Spector's DNA was nowhere on that gun."
But the lawyer accepted some of the other evidence, presented by the prosecution, piles up against his client, adding, "If you knew only what the case looks like from the outside, you'd say, 'It sure looks like he did it.'"
And, commenting on the testimony of his client's former chauffeur, who had previously told jurors Spector had confessed, "I think I killed somebody" to him immediately following the 2003 shooting, Weinberg added, "If you believe (his chauffeur), you'd probably fold your arms and say, 'Looks like he did it.'"
Weinberg's closing statements came a day after Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Truc Do called Spector "a demonic maniac" in her wrap up.
Spector's wife Rachelle and one of his sons were in court for the conclusion of the five-month retrial, as were Clarkson's mother and sister.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Spector could face 15 years to life in prison. The jury may also consider involuntary manslaughter, which carries a penalty of two to four years behind bars. The case is expected to go to the jury on Wednesday (25Mar09).