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Phil Spector trial: Jury unable to make decision

Jurors in the Phil Spector trial have been unable to reach a verdict, the jury foreman said today in court.

The 12-member panel is deadlocked at 7 to 5, but it is not known which side has the majority vote.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked the foreman if there was anything he could do to help, but foreman said “At this time I don’t believe that anything else will change the positions of the jurors,”

When the jurors were asked individually the same question, some said that nothing else would change their position, some said further instructions might help, and one said further information about reasonable doubt might help.

The panel were then sent back to the jury room to talk to lawyers.

After the deadlock was discussed, Spector’s defense team asked for a mistrial but it was denied because three of the jury said further instructions might help the impasse.

Spector, a famed music producer, is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson in the mouth in February 2003 at his Alhambra, CA mansion. His lawyers are saying she shot herself in an accidental suicide.