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Reports say grisly scene found at Spector house

Police reports say blood-spattered gun found near actress
/ Source: The Associated Press

Authorities responding to a 911 call at the home of record producer Phil Spector in February found a blood-spattered gun, broken teeth and the body of an actress who had been shot in the mouth, according to court records.

Lana Clarkson, 40, was found Feb. 3 slumped in a chair in Spector’s hilltop mansion in suburban Alhambra, east of Los Angeles. Her broken teeth were scattered around the foyer and stairway, and a blood-spattered .38-caliber Colt revolver lay under her left leg, the records say.

The Associated Press obtained the search warrants and police reports Tuesday from author Carlton Smith, who petitioned the court to have them released.

Spector, 62, is charged with killing Clarkson, which he has denied. He suggested earlier this year in an interview with Esquire magazine that Clarkson may have shot herself. He is free on $1 million bail.

Spector’s attorney, Robert Shapiro, did not return a call Tuesday. He has said that defense experts concluded the shooting was not a homicide.

Authorities were alerted to the shooting by a 911 call from Adriano Desouza, Spector’s driver.

According to affidavits accompanying a search warrant request, Desouza told police he drove Spector and Clarkson from the House of Blues to the mansion.

Ten minutes after being dropped off, Spector came out and retrieved a brown leather briefcase from the limousine. Desouza sat in the limousine for about 1½ hours before hearing a single gunshot.

Spector came out of the rear door of the house with a gun in his hand and said: “I think I just shot her,” according to the affidavits.

Police found Spector standing near the body with his hands in his pockets, records show. When he refused to show his hands, police used a stun gun to subdue him and place him in custody. In all, the court papers say, 10 guns were recovered from the mansion.

Spector, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has worked with such artists as the Beatles, Ramones, Shirelles and Ronettes. He produced such pop classics as “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and “To Know Him Is to Love Him.”

Clarkson was discovered by B-movie king Roger Corman and starred in a series of films including “Barbarian Queen.”