LATEST: The jury in the Phil Spector murder trial has heard how shooting victim Lana Clarkson was a B-movie actress, approaching middle age, who was suffering from depression and ill-health at the time of her death.
Forensics expert Dr. Vincent DiMaio told the Los Angeles court on Wednesday (27Jun07) that he concluded Clarkson committed suicide in Spector's home after compiling scientific evidence with her emails, date book and medical records.
DiMaio testified Clarkson had broken both her wrists the year before her 2003 death and was enduring chronic headaches and severe depression.
The defence witness also pointed out Clarkson had been taking painkiller Vicodin and had looked at a website for counselling on her drug and alcohol problems in the months leading up to her death.
DiMaio told the hearing, "She had financial problems. She was afraid of being evicted. In one of the e-mails she said she had no job skills.
"She was an actress, was 40 years of age. I'm sorry, that's sex discrimination, but that's the way it is."
He added, "Most people who commit suicide are depressed."
Spector is accused of fatally shooting Clarkson at his Alhambra, California home in February 2003. He has pleaded not guilty and claims Clarkson shot herself.
The trial continues.