Troubled music mogul Phil Spector's lawyer has quit over "a difference of opinion".
Bruce Cutler has revealed he is no longer representing Spector as the record producer's murder trial winds down in Los Angeles.
Cutler made the announcement as the trial resumed for what was expected to be the last day of testimony.
In a statement, the attorney said he and Spector had fallen out over a "strategy" matter, adding, "There's nothing I can do for Mr. Spector. I can no longer effectively represent him."
Cutler had been absent from the trial in recent weeks, so he could appear on a syndicated TV show. He will be replaced by attorney Roger Rosen.
Spector, 67, is charged with killing actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California mansion in February 2003.
With the defence nearing the end of its rebuttal case, Judge Larry Paul Fidler has revealed he expects testimony to end on Monday (27Aug07). Final arguments are set for 5 September (07).