Record producer Phil Spector has sworn he was sober when arrested after the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, but that his mind was groggy because police had stunned him with a taser-gun.

Spector made a sworn deposition yesterday (27JAN06) that will be used by lawyers to explain his contradicting statements about the murder of 40-year-old Clarkson at his mansion in Los Angeles on 3 February 2003 - for which he has pleaded not guilty.

He claims, "I wasn't clear-headed if I had been Tasered and I had been beaten up."

"I was groggy. I couldn't think straight. My memory was unclear."

A police testimony, made on the day of arrest, records Spector as saying he "didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident." However he later changed this statement, insisting the actress shot herself.

In a newly released transcript, the WALL OF SOUND producer admits he was taking five different types of medication for manic depression at the time of the shooting.

He also admitted he kept several weapons at his home, but had forgotten they were there when police discovered them during their investigation.

Spector will stand trial at Los Angeles Superior court on 24 April (06).