Spector free after jury fails to reach a verdict

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Phil Spector walked free from court yesterday after the jury failed to decide if he had killed actress Lana Clarkson.

The judge declared a mistrial, with a hearing set for early next month giving prosecutors the option to seek a new trial.

The jury had been deliberating since September 10, with a 10 to two split. They were trying to reach a verdict over who pulled the trigger of the revolver which killed Clarkson.

Spector reached prominence in the 1960s, after developing the Wall of Sound recording technique, and worked with the likes of the Beatles during his career.

Clarkson meanwhile was the star of B movies, but she failed to make it big and was forced to take a job as a nightclub hostess.

Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswomen Sandi Gibbons said outside the court: “We will begin immediately to prepare for a new trial.”

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