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Phil Spector's Trial Goes On Location
What the jurors seemed most interested in was the fountain. On the night of Clarkson's death, Spector's chauffeur Adriano De Souza reported that he had been resting in his boss's Mercedes sedan in the driveway by the back door when he heard a loud pop, and then moments later Spector appeared in the doorway with a gun in his hand and allegedly said, "I think I killed somebody." The defense has argued that De Souza, who is Brazilian, misheard Spector because of De Souza's lack of English proficiency or because there was a fountain gurgling. On Thursday, the court had the fountain on -- and jurors sat in a sheriff's Crown Victoria (a down-market stand-in for the Benz) and listened.
This was not enough, however, for the jurors, who interrupted their tour and presented Judge Fidler with a list of questions they wanted answered, including:
· Could they go to the upstairs bedroom and see where Spector took off his bloody jacket? Answer: No.
· Could they sit on the death chair? Yes.
· Could they sit in the Crown Vic with the door closed and the air conditioning on (as it was the night of the Clarkson death)? No.
· Could someone make a loud pop inside (like a gun)? No.
· Could the news helicopters circling overhead back off so they could hear the fountain? Yes.
"They were basically asking for a reenactment," Deutsch said. "You could see they were very into the evidence. They wanted to see everything and they would have gone upstairs if the judge had allowed it."