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Phil Spector judge gets online threat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Internet posting that appeared to threaten the judge in Phil Spector's murder trial has become the latest twist in the lurid court case.

The jury was set to enter its 12th day of deliberations Wednesday, a day after court officials disclosed the posting that stated "I love Phil Spector" and "The Evil Judge should DIE!!!!."

The posting was on a MySpace Web page called "Team Spector," said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It was subsequently taken down, Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said.

Sheriff's investigators were looking into the messages, which were signed "xoxo Chelle," according to Parachini. Spector's wife is named Rachelle, but one of his defense attorneys, Christopher Plourd, said she denied having anything to do with the notes.

The 67-year-old music producer is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40.

Clarkson was killed by a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector's Alhambra mansion after meeting him at her job as a nightclub hostess and going home with him for a drink. The defense contended Clarkson was depressed and the shot was self-inflicted, either an accident or a suicide.

The case went to the jury on Sept. 10 and the jury foreman told the judge on Sept. 18 that the panel was deadlocked 7-5. After two days of debate among attorneys, the judge revised the jury instructions and the panel resumed talks late on Sept. 20. In addition to those interruptions, the jury has not deliberated on weekends.

Spector emerged on the music scene in the late 1950s and became a top producer using a hit-making recording technique that became known as the "Wall of Sound." Clarkson was best known as the star of Roger Corman's 1985 cult film "Barbarian Queen."

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