CLOSURE

Phil Spector Trial Nears End

Six years ago, actress Lana Clarkson died of a gunshot wound at Phil Spector's mansion and now his trial is wrapping up for the second time. His first trial, which took place 18 months ago, ended in a deadlocked jury that voted 10-2 in favor of conviction. Today, closing arguments begin in his retrial, in which prosecutors will attempt to establish that the 69-year-old music producer responsible for creating rock music's "wall of sound" effect shot Clarkson as she attempted to leave his house. Defense attorneys will counter that Clarkson was a down-on-her-luck actress approaching middle age who killed herself. Although Spector has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, on Friday the judge ruled that jurors have the option to convict Spector on a lesser involuntary manslaughter charge, which would yield a two to four year prison term.