Phil Spector Seeks Suppression of Incriminating Statements

by TChris

Phil Spector’s defense lawyers face an uphill battle in their attempt to persuade a judge to throw out the incriminating admissions that Spector allegedly made to police officers who questioned him about the woman found dead in his home. Several sources claim to have heard Spector say that he shot the woman accidentally. The police say Spector later changed his story, claiming that the woman committed suicide.

In a recently filed defense brief, attorney Bruce Cutler claimed that Spector, 64, "was experiencing symptoms of withdrawal from his medications, which could include hallucinations, forgetfulness, serious fatigue, and/or slurring." Police refused or ignored his requests for his medication after they took him into custody at his home, Cutler said.

Cutler also argues that the police didn’t advise Spector that he had the right to remain silent, although it appears that Spector made some of the statements before he was taken into custody, when no warning was required. But even if the suppression motion succeeds, the defense will need to contend with the damaging testimony of Spector’s driver:

Spector's driver, Adriano De Souza, also told a 911 dispatcher that the producer had told him that he killed the woman, according to transcripts of the call.

In grand jury testimony, De Souza said Spector made that statement when he stepped out of his house, minutes after the driver had heard a shot inside.

The statement was reflected in a 911 call in which De Souza told the operator, "I think my boss killed somebody." He added he heard a shot, saw Spector with a gun and saw a woman's body on the floor.

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