LATEST: The Phil Spector murder trial has heard the contents of several bleak letters and emails written by shooting victim Lana Clarkson.
Spector's defence team yesterday (04Jun07) read out examples of writings which they argue show actress Clarkson was depressed at the state of her career, including, "I'm giving up the dream and therefore the struggle."
Another piece of correspondence said, "This has been definitely the most difficult year of my life. My finances are a shambles and I am on the verge of losing everything."
Spector's attorney Christopher Plourd quoted the excerpts while cross-examining medical examiner Dr. Louis Pena, on the stand at the Los Angeles trial for a fourth day.
Pena, who said he had already read most of the writings, again maintained his conclusion that Clarkson was murdered and did not commit suicide.
Spector is accused of the fatal shooting of Clarkson at his home in Alhambra, California in February 2003. He has pleaded not guilty and claims Clarkson committed suicide.
The trial continues.