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Spector found guilty of 2nd degree murder

Spector found guilty of 2nd degree murder
Phil Spector leaves following a court appearance in Los Angeles, California on September 19, 2007.(UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (UPI) -- Famed music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder Monday by the Los Angeles jury who heard his retrial.

Spector's 5-month-long retrial ended late last month and the jury announced its verdict Monday after about 30 hours of deliberations, CNN said. Spector, 69, reportedly faces a minimum of 18 years in prison when he is sentenced for the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson, an actress and club hostess.

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Spector's attorney maintained that Clarkson could have killed herself in Spector's Alhambra, Calif., home and that only reasonable doubt was required to acquit his client.

The producer's first trial ended in a hung jury and was declared a mistrial in September 2007. His second trial began last October.

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