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Sick juror interrupts Phil Spector deliberations

For a second time, deliberations in Phil Spector’s murder retrial have been interrupted by juror illness. The panel, which began weighing evidence March 26, went home at midday Thursday after a juror became sick.

Because of court holidays and a prior instance in which a juror was ill, the panel has deliberated only about 27 hours over seven days.

Spector, 69, faces second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting six years ago of Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old actress. The jurors also are considering a lesser count of involuntary manslaughter.

The legendary music producer contends that Clarkson shot herself.

The six-man, six-woman panel has been relatively quiet during its deliberations, asking only on Tuesday to rehear a portion of a criminalist’s testimony.

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harriet.ryan@latimes.com


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