Spector’s side: Forensics key

first_imgThe lawyer has claimed attorney-client privilege but the judge said that does not apply to issues of destruction of evidence. The prosecution believes the item was a piece of acrylic fingernail missing from one of Clarkson’s thumbs. The issue has only been discussed outside the presence of the jury, but prosecutor Alan Jackson was allowed to pose hypothetical questions about it to Herold to try to show that the disputed evidence would have been important to the case. “If that small white object had been turned over, would it have been helpful in reconstructing the crime scene?” Jackson asked. “Maybe and maybe not. … You don’t know if you don’t have the object whether it’s important,” she said in the slow, deliberate tone she used throughout her testimony. “So it could have been important?” asked Jackson. “It could have,” said the witness. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The prosecution’s top forensic expert in the Phil Spector murder trial testified Monday she studied data in the case for more than a year, perused 446 pages of evidence, wrote her own reports but could not determine that Spector fired the gun that killed actress Lana Clarkson. “In any of your reports, did you conclude with any degree of certainty that Phil Spector pulled the trigger on that Cobra (revolver) on Feb. 3, 2003?” an attorney for the defense, Linda Kenney-Baden asked the witness, sheriff’s criminalist Lynne Herold. “No,” Herold replied. It was the last question asked by Kenney-Baden after a two-day cross-examination that focused on minutia of blood-spatter evidence and the positions of Spector and Clarkson in the foyer of his mansion. The witness said she also could not say where Clarkson’s hands were at the time the gun discharged. And she acknowledged that Spector could have been walking or running toward Clarkson rather than standing in front of her when the gunshot killed her, a scenario described by the prosecution. Herold, the last prosecution witness, testified last week that Spector, arms raised, was within two feet to three feet of Clarkson when she was shot through the mouth, based on how close Spector had to be to have blood spatter on parts of his jacket. Clarkson’s body was found slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s home. The defense contends she shot herself. In eight weeks of testimony, prosecutors have not presented any witness to say that Spector fired the shot. The judge, meanwhile, announced that an appellate court had rejected an appeal by a former Spector attorney who was ruled in contempt for refusing to testify to the jury about seeing a defense forensic investigator pick up a small white object at the death scene that was never given to prosecutors. last_img read more