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Judge declares mistrial in Phil Spector case



by Stephanie Stanton
NBC News

After 12 days of deliberations jurors have failed to reach a verdict in the murder case against legendary music producer Phil Spector.
Wednesday night the judge declared a mistrial after the jury of nine men and three women said there was no hope of breaking their 10-2 deadlock.

Speaking to the court, the judge said, "At this time I will find that the jury is unable to arrive at a verdict and declare a mistrial in this matter"

"The defense put enough out there and it stuck to leave a few with a doubt," said one unidentified juror.

The district attorney plans to retry Spector in connection with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson.

The pair met in 2003 at a nightclub where Clarkson worked as a hostess. 

She was later found dead inside Spector's L.A. mansion with a gunshot through her mouth. 

Spector claimed it was a suicide, but the prosecution tried to show that Spector pulled the trigger.
Spector was silent as he left the courthouse with his wife by his side.

He'll remain free on one million dollars bond as the district attorney prepares for a re-trial.  

A hearing is set for October 3rd, to determine what happens next.

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