Phil Spector’s attorneys are trying to get a judge to throw out incriminating statements the music producer made to police after they found a dead woman at his California mansion in 2003.
According to court papers obtained by The Los Angeles Times, Spector’s attorneys say he was suffering withdrawal symptoms from seven prescription drugs when he told police he’d shot and killed actress Lana Clarkson. The medications were for treating depression, seizures, stomach acid, migraines and pain, and the withdrawal symptoms could include hallucinations and slurring.
According to transcripts of a police interrogation, Spector initially apologized for accidentally shooting Clarkson but later said she’d committed suicide.
Spector faces life in prison if convicted of killing Clarkson. He’s pleaded innocent to the charges and is free on $1 million dollars bail. Trial is expected to begin in January.