The jury in the murder retrial of legendary music producer Phil Spector have retired to consider their verdict.

The 12 jurors retired on Thursday after the prosecution at the Los Angeles superior court summed up the charges brought against Spector.

He is charged with second-degree murder over the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.

The actress died of a single gunshot wound while at Spector's mansion in 2003 and the 69-year-old is again on trial for her murder, after a first jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in 2007.

The prosecution described Spector earlier this week as a "demonic maniac" and a "very dangerous man" around women.

His defence team, however, claim Clarkson killed herself.

Spector faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of murder, but could receive a four-year sentence if the jury chooses an involuntary manslaughter verdict.


27/03/2009 09:15:57