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Phil Spector pursues new appeal of murder conviction

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (Reuters Life!) - Attorneys for music producer Phil Spector said on Wednesday they have asked the California Court of Appeal to revisit its decision this month upholding his murder conviction.
/ Source: Reuters

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (Reuters Life!) - Attorneys for music producer Phil Spector said on Wednesday they have asked the California Court of Appeal to revisit its decision this month upholding his murder conviction.

The legal gambit, which is expected to be denied by the appeals court, is a first step toward a separate appeal with the California Supreme Court that has a deadline of June 13.

Spector's attorney, Dennis Riordan, said his imprisoned client is "very focused on pursuing the appeal."

The 71 year-old producer with a signature "wall of sound" recording technique was convicted in 2009 of shooting to death actress Lana Clarkson in his suburban Los Angeles home.

Spector worked with the Beatles, the Ronettes and the Ramones in the 1960s and 1970s, but he lived as a virtual recluse for years before Clarkson's 2003 murder. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Christine Kearney)