LATEST: Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial have asked a judge to allow the producer's incriminating statements, made to police just after Lana Clarkson was shot dead, to be used as evidence.

Spector's defence team are asking for the admissions he made after Clarkson was killed in his Alhambra, California mansion in February 2003, to be "thrown out", because he was suffering drug withdrawal at the time he spoke to police.

But Deputy District Attorney DOUGLAS SORTINO decided to use a statement in which Spector allegedly admitted to accidentally shooting Clarkson.

A police officer testified that directly after Spector was arrested, he said, "What's wrong with you guys? What are you doing? I didn't mean to shoot her. It was an accident."

The "Wall Of Sound" creator's attorney Bruce Cutler told the court on Saturday (22OCT05), "Mr Spector denies he shot anyone at his house and denies he said he shot anyone.

"We have made motions to suppress certain statements that were not admissions and were illegally obtained."

Prosecutors also insist Superior Court Judge LARRY P FIDLER should ban Spector's defence from mentioning the accused's claim Clarkson committed suicide.

Spector faces life in prison if convicted of killing Clarkson. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on $1 million (GBP555,500) bail.