Spector won't take witness stand in his trial


The defense provisionally rested in Phil Spector's murder trial Tuesday without calling the music producer to testify on his own behalf.

Without the jury present, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler required Spector to acknowledge that he agreed with his attorneys' announcement that he would not be taking the witness stand.

"Mr. Spector you need to have me explain to you and you need to understand ... the defense as a matter of strategy for whatever reason has indicated to me they are not calling you as a witness. That right is solely yours," Fidler said.

"In other words, even if your counsel told you we don't want you to testify, if it was your decision that you wanted to testify, that would control. So basically, understanding that, do you wish to waive and give up your right to testify in this matter?"

"Yes," Spector said in a hushed voice.

Spector's defense rested subject to review of records and introduction of exhibits. The judge said it was possible the defense could call a few more witnesses, but he told the jury testimony was expected to end this week.

The prosecution then resumed its rebuttal case, which had been allowed to begin earlier due to scheduling issues.

Spector, 67, is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, at his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003. She had gone home with him from her job as a nightclub hostess a few hours earlier.

Spector created the "Wall of Sound" recording technique which transformed rock 'n' roll in the 1960s.

Clarkson was best known for the 1980s cult film "Barbarian Queen."