Report: Gun Was in Spector's Hand

12/11/2003 4:52PM

According to police reports unsealed this week, Phil Spector's driver said the legendary record producer emerged from his California mansion with a gun in his hand last February and said "I think I just shot her," shortly after B-movie actress Lana Clarkson was found dead inside the house, reports Reuters.

Clarkson, 40, apparently shot in the mouth, was sprawled on a chair inside the faux castle when police arrived at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 3, according to the report, which suggests an intimate evening of drinks that ended tragically.

Clarkson was wearing a "black nylon slip/dress, black nylons and black shoes," says an affidavit by Los Angeles County sheriff's Detective Mark Lillienfeld.

"A leopard print purse, with a black strap, was slung over her right shoulder, with the purse hanging down on her right side by her right arm," Lillienfeld said. "Broken teeth from the victim were scattered about the foyer and an adjacent stairway."

Spector's driver, Adriano Desouza, told police that he heard a single gunshot at about 5 a.m., and Spector then came outside with a gun in his hand and said, "I think I just shot her," according to an affidavit by Sheriff's Detective Danny Smith.

Lillienfeld also said that on the floor beneath Clarkson's left leg was a blood-splattered blue steel, .38-caliber Colt revolver with five live rounds and a spent cartridge under the hammer.

Spector suggested in an Esquire magazine interview earlier this year that the statuesque blonde actress, who starred in "Amazon Women in the Moon" and "The Barbarian Queen," killed herself. His lawyer, Robert Shapiro (who also defended O.J. Simpson) said that scientific evidence "clearly and unequivocally is consistent with a self-inflicted wound that was not the result of any action on the part of Phil Spector."

Spector has pleaded innocent to the charge and remains free on $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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