On a night in February 2003, 67-year-old music producer Phil Spector was accompanied by 40-year-old B-movie actress Lana Clarkson back to his home in Alhambra, California. She had been working as a hostess at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. That night, she was killed by a bullet wound to the mouth. Spector is now on trial for her murder, but he claims that she committed suicide. Medical examiner Dr. Louis Pena recently testified that he believes that Clarkson was murdered that night and has evidence to prove it.

He believes the barrel of the gun that was shot into the actress’s mouth was forced into her as indicated by bruising on her tongue and on Clarkson’s hands as well, indicating that blunt force trauma was present. When the trigger was pulled, she was killed instantly as the bullet blew out her top front teeth and severed her spine. The victim’s family was not present in the room when these graphic images were shown to the jury, and at least one jury member looked away. This medical testimony helps aid in some evidence that was unexplainable in the suicide argument that the defense has maintained throughout the trial.

Along with this evidence, there are some details about the gruesome scene that don’t match up with a suicide execution. For one, Clarkson was found dead in the foyer of Spector’s mansion with a purse around her shoulder as if she were about to leave. She was said to have no signs of depression as stated by her personal writings. She had not put any of her affairs in order prior to her death to show that any suicide attempt was planned. Clarkson had been taking two drugs that are said to be given to sufferers of depression, but her neurologist has stated that he prescribed them to her for her complaints of chronic headaches.

Things are not looking good for Spector at this point. He is credited for developing the “Wall of Sound” recording technique used when mixing pop music in the 1960’s. Several women who have been in relationships with Spector say he had a tendency to be violent, and he sometimes threatened them with a gun. Perhaps Clarkson, whose most famous role was in the 1985 film “Barbarian Queen,” angered Spector enough that night to make his threats a reality.

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