Coroner Details Murder at Spector House

Coroner Details Murder at Spector House
AP

updated 05/07/2004 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/2004 9:00AM

More details are finally emerging about the Feb. 3, 2003, fatal shooting of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson at the suburban Los Angeles estate of music producer Phil Spector, and lawyers for the recording legend have released a coroner's report indicating that Clarkson herself may have fired the weapon.

The report, which was finally released by authorities Thursday, states that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands and was shot with a gun inside her mouth, the Associated Press reports. It still concludes, however, that the death was a homicide and that the actress showed no signs of being suicidal and there was no suicide note.

"There is certainly no justice in maintaining this secrecy in the light of Mr. Spector's being charged with murder," defense attorneys Leslie Abramson and Marcia Morrissey said in a letter explaining their decision to release the report. The coroner had refused media requests to see the report.

Additionally, as is related in the report, "Spector also had gunshot residue on him," Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, told Reuters.

"Spector also had her blood on him, her blood also was on a doorknob and a banister and there was evidence that he wiped the gun and moved it after the shooting," Gibbons said. "The gun was found under her left leg and she is right handed and her jacket with her blood on it was found in his bedroom."

Spector, 63, who was arrested immediately after the death but not charged until November, is free on $1 million bail. Lawyers were due in court Friday afternoon to discuss his upcoming court schedule.

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