Spector judge likely to admit victim’s tales

first_img“We do a psychological autopsy only at the request of the family when it’s ruled a suicide,” he said. The actress died of a gunshot fired inside her mouth in the foyer of Spector’s mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, after going home with him from her job as a nightclub hostess. Spector’s defense contends Clarkson killed herself. Asked why he did not consider materials from the computer, Pena said, “It was not provided to me.” Testimony was interrupted when Plourd tried to question Pena about whether his opinion would have changed if he considered the computer material. Fidler dismissed jurors and ordered a full-scale hearing. The judge in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Thursday that he will likely allow the defense to introduce gunshot victim Lana Clarkson’s writings about having visions of a dead actress who killed herself with a gun. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave the indication after intense arguments in which defense attorney Christopher Plourd said the writings found on her computer hard drive also include discussions of her fascination with guns, depression over her failing acting career and struggles with alcohol and drugs. Prosecutors acknowledged they knew about the material but considered it untrustworthy and did not bring it to the attention of the coroner who concluded that Clarkson was a homicide victim and did not commit suicide. Before jurors were sent out of court for a hearing, Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena testified he did not consider doing a “psychological autopsy” on Clarkson because he concluded her death was a homicide. He said information he obtained about Clarkson convinced him she was a hopeful person with no tendency toward suicide. Plourd then disclosed some contents of the hard drive including entries in what Clarkson called “The Story of My Life.” “She talks about drug problems, trying to get off medications,” he said. “She has delusions. She’s seeing people who are deceased and talks about them.” Plourd also said Clarkson “talks about seeing a dead actress who comes to her in visions, a struggling actress who didn’t make it and killed herself with a gun.” The actress’s name was not given in court. Plourd said the defense investigated the story, found that this was a real actress who committed suicide and found the place where she lived, which is where Clarkson claimed to have had the visions. He said Clarkson, who stopped making entries a year before she died, also spoke of going to a metaphysical therapist “to rearrange her subconscious.” As part of the therapy, he said, “You look into a candle and meditate. She sees a vision of a cowboy, a vision of George Bush comes to her.” Plourd said a district attorney’s investigator read the diary and concluded that it didn’t contain anything relevant. Prosecutors gave it to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as part of a bundle of 500-600 pages of information and said they could look at it if they wanted to do a psychological autopsy, he said. Plourd argued that Pena should be questioned on whether his homicide ruling would have changed had he read Clarkson’s writings. “If you consider this information, it weakens and shakes his opinion,” Plourd said to Fidler. The judge said he would read the entire manuscript over the weekend and make a ruling. But before court ended for the week, he said he had read some of it and was inclined to admit it in evidence. Prosecutor Alan Jackson argued that the writings in the computer were not authenticated, could not be relied upon and were probably creative efforts that Clarkson made for a writing class she was taking. The judge, who at one point referred to the writings as a “memoir,” appeared to disagree. “I think you are arguing way too much,” Fidler said to Jackson. “If you have the words of a deceased … how do you keep that away from the jury and away from an expert who could have considered it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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