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Phil Spector Found Guilty of Murder

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A jury today found music producer Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder. He stood accused for the death of Lana Clarkson, 40, who was found shot to death in his home in Alhambra in 2003. His first trial in 2007 ended in jury deadlock. A sentencing hearing, which could lead to at least 18 years in jail, has been set for May 29th

The 69-year-old Spector has been awarded two Grammy Awards and in 1989, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "In the 1960s, he became famous as the man behind the 'Wall of Sound,' an instrumentally dense swirl of melody and percussion underlying such tunes as the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby,' the Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and Ike and Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High,'" wrote CNN of his biography. "He later produced the Beatles' "Let It Be" album, John Lennon's "Imagine" and the Ramones' 'End of the Century.'"