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Judge Rules Phil Spector's Ex-Girlffriend Can Testify in His Murder Trial


A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Phil Spector's ex-girlfriend may testify that he twice pointed guns at her head.

The April 10 ruling means that jurors at the music producer's murder trial will hear that Spector has twice before engaged in what prosecutors allege are strikingly similar gun incidents.

Phil Spector's lawyers unsuccessfully attempted to bar the testimony of Devra Robitaille, his ex-girlfriend and employee. They claimed her evidence, citing incidents from the 1970s and '80s, was irrelevent and would delay the start of the trial.

Opening statments in the case are expected to begin in late April or early May.

Phil Spector, a pop music producer famed for his "wall of sound" technique, is accused of the fatal 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. He has pleaded innocent, saying she committed suicide.