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JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE IN PHIL SPECTOR MURDER TRIAL
Music producer Phil Spector (L), charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson, listens to comments by the prosecutor as he appears for a pretrial hearing with his attorney Bruce Cutler (R), at the Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles, California October 27, 2005. The judge ruled that jurors will be allowed to hear that the record producer was allegedly overheard saying he "didn't mean to shoot her," following the death of Clarkson, who he is accused of killing. Spector's attorney Bruce Cutler, who wanted the statement suppressed, has emphatically denied that Spector ever said that. The judge set a tentative trial date of January 30 with April 30 as an alternative. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen).
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Lana Jean Clarkson (April 5, 1962 - February 3, 2003) was an American actress and fashion model. Clarkson was a native of Los Angeles County. She was murdered on February 3, 2003 by songwriter and producer Phil Spector. On April 13, 2009, Spector was convicted of second degree murder.

Born in Long Beach, California to Donna and James M. Clarkson, Lana Clarkson was raised in the hills of Napa Valley, California. She had a brother, Jesse J. Clarkson, and a sister Fawn. While living in Northern California, she attended Cloverdale High School and also Pacific Union College Preparatory School. During the Christmas season of 1978 and after her father's death, Clarkson's family moved back to Southern California and settled down in the Los Angeles region of San Fernando Valley. Right after Clarksons's family moved back to Los Angeles County, Lana pursued a career in entertainment industry as a performer and fashion model.

In the early 1980s, Clarkson landed bit parts in film and television. In 1982, she made her screen debut as a striking cameo character in director Amy Heckerlings coming-of-age comedy based on the Cameron Crowe book, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as the wife of science teacher Mr. Vargas (Vincent Schiavelli). The film was her first speaking role. In 1983, she also peeks into the frame in "Scarface" behind Michelle Pfeiffer dancing the floor of the Babylon Club.

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