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Having Their Phil

Investigators still aren't ready to indict Spector. The music mogul won't be charged with Lana Clarkson's murder at upcoming hearing

It's been nearly six months since actress Lana Clarkson was found shot to death in the foyer of music legend Phil Spector's Alhambra, Calif., mansion, but investigators say they are still not ready to charge the producer with her killing, the Associated Press reports. An Aug. 5 court date that was to have been an arraignment hearing will now be a bail hearing, and Spector (who's been free on $1 million bail since Feb. 3, the night after the shooting), won't even have to appear in court.

Spector suggested in an interview in Esquire magazine last month that Clarkson accidentally shot herself, but sheriff's investigators said in March that they had discounted suicide as a cause of death. However, next week's hearing is likely to see Spector's bail extended for another month because the district attorney's office will not decide whether or not to file charges until the sheriff's department presents prosecutors with its case. And the department is not ready to do so because its investigation isn't complete. ''We're still waiting to get all of the reports back from the crime lab,'' sheriff's Lt. Dan Rosenberg tells AP.

Spector's attorney is Robert Shapiro (of O.J. Simpson case fame), who has not commented on the pending investigation. As for his court date, Spector may be able to handle it over the phone, Rosenberg says. Which should suit the reclusive producer just fine.

Originally posted Jul 30, 2003