LATEST: A request for a mistrial verdict in the Phil Spector murder case has been denied by a Los Angeles judge.
The music producer's defence team argued that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler had mishandled controversy over claims forensic scientist Henry Lee removed a fingernail-sized object from Spector's Alhambra, California mansion after the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at the house in February 2003.
The fingernail would add to the prosecution's argument Clarkson was shot by Spector, and did not commit suicide, as claimed by the prosecution.
But Fidler said the case's defence was "not even close to the grounds for a mistrial", and denied the mistrial attempt yesterday (11Jun07).
Criminalist Steve Renteria also testified about blood stains found at the scene of the crime. The defence argues the small amount of blood found on Spector's clothing indicates he was too far away from Clarkson to have shot her, however the prosecution counter-claims he was within three feet (0.91 metres) of the actress at the time.
Spector is accused of the shooting Clarkson at his home in 2003. He has pleaded not guilty and claims Clarkson committed suicide.
The trial continues.