Phil Spector Case Ends in Mistrial

The Phil Spector trial ended this afternoon when the jury contacted Judge Larry Fidler and said they were hopelessly deadlocked. Fidler declared a mistrial and, shortly thereafter, cleared the courtroom to discuss the trial and next steps with the attorneys.

The nine-man, three-woman jury had been deliberating for twelve days and had indicated last week that they were in a seven/five split. The judge gave additional and somewhat controversial instructions and ask that they continue deliberating. Reports today say that the final deadlocked count was ten/two for conviction.

Where the charge goes from here is unknown. The prosecutors can choose to retry Spector, offer a plea bargain or drop the case. The current charge was second degree murder which, if found guilty, would put Spector in prison for 15 years to life with the possibility of an additional ten years for the use of a firearm.

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