Witness says death a suicide

first_imgShe was so depressed that she spoke of having trashed her house, he said. “She was an actress, was 40 years of age. I’m sorry, that’s sex discrimination, but that’s the way it is,” the witness said. DiMaio, a noted forensic pathologist, said Clarkson had been taking the painkiller Vicodin, which was in her system when she died, along with alcohol. And he said Clarkson had addiction problems which led her to consult a Screen Actors Guild Web site for counseling on drug and alcohol problems. In a note to one of her doctors, he said, she declared “she was at the end of her rope and could not function.” Clarkson was shot to death on Feb. 3, 2003, at Spector’s hilltop Alhambra mansion. She had taken a hostess job at the House of Blues when Spector, now 67, met her and invited her to come home with him for a drink after the club closed. Prosecutors have spent eight weeks focusing on the world of Spector, a legendary record producer who frequently threatened women with guns, according to testimony. The defense changed the focus to Clarkson. The deputy medical examiner who testified for the prosecution concluded that Clarkson’s killing was a homicide and interpreted her writings to show that she was “a hopeful person” and with plans for the future. DiMaio disagreed. He said that many people live with or conquer depression. but, “Most people who commit suicide are depressed.” Numerous law enforcement officers and forensic scientists called by prosecutors were unable to say conclusively that Spector fired the gun that killed Clarkson. DiMaio, the first defense witness, said he was sure Spector did not fire it and Clarkson did. He held his hands in front of his mouth and showed how she would have balanced the gun.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Lana Clarkson was a depressed, 40-year-old, out-of-work actress fighting health problems and “at the end of her rope,” according to a forensic expert who testified Wednesday that she was a candidate for suicide when she went to Phil Spector’s mansion and wound up dead. Dr. Vincent DiMaio, testifying for Spector’s defense in his murder trial, said he studied Clarkson’s e-mail correspondence, her date book and her medical records in addition to scientific evidence and concluded that she pulled the trigger on the gun that killed her. “She had financial problems. She was afraid of being evicted. In one of the e-mails she said she had no job skills,” DiMaio said. He said the tall, blond beauty who became a cult movie star in the 1985 film “Barbarian Queen” had fallen on hard times. She had broken both her wrists in an accident the year before she died. She had been plagued with persistent headaches that did not respond to drugs and “no one seemed to know where they came from,” he said. last_img read more

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McTominay, Rashford and Martial goals down Norwich as Man United miss two penalties

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Tim Krul saved two first-half penalties from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial rookie error PEP TALK United broke the deadlock through Scott McTominay’s low drive and in the process became the first club to score 2,000 Premier League goals.The visitors were then awarded a penalty after a VAR review in the 28th minute, only for Tim Krul to save Marcus Rashford’s effort, but the England international made up for it moments later to bag his 50th United goal.Solskjaer’s side missed their second penalty before half-time when Anthony Martial was denied as Krul again guessed correctly to keep his side in the game.It was 3-0 in the 73rd minute as Martial got on the score sheet, before Norwich pulled one back in the 88th minute through half-time substitute Onel Hernandez.The Canaries saw a lot of the ball in the early minutes and had the first chance of the game when Todd Cantwell fired over the bar.United soon took charge and Rashford was denied by Krul after the 21-year-old got a shot off from a narrow angle.The Dutch goalkeeper was again called into action as he made a brilliant, instinctive stop to deny Martial from close range.But from the resulting corner, the home side could not clear and McTominay fired in a low drive. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ latest update appointed 2 stalemate Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Manchester United recorded their first Premier League away win since February despite missing two penalties in a 3-1 win at Norwich.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended their 11-match run without a win away from Old Trafford by beating Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League in midweek, and backed it up with an impressive performance at Carrow Road. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman AFP or licensors statement LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS VAR was used for the first time in the 28th minute when Ben Godfrey was adjudged to have brought down Daniel James in the box after a lengthy review, only for Rashford to be denied by Krul from the subsequent spot-kick.But just two minutes later Rashford made amends for his second missed spot-kick of the season as he beat the poor Norwich offside trap to collect James’ pass and slot home.After a long period without threatening, Norwich forced David de Gea into action six minutes before the break. Cantwell let fly but the Spain goalkeeper tipped the ball over for a corner.For the second time in the first half, the visitors were awarded a penalty after another VAR review, this time for a handball by Cantwell in the area.Martial stepped up to take the spot kick, but Krul made a diving save low to his right to thwart the United forward. on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Anthony Martial made up for his penalty miss by scoring United’s final goal Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST 2 The Canaries started the second half brightly, with Max Aarons running the ball all the way to the byline before cutting back only for Teemu Pukki to side-foot the ball over the bar.United wrapped up all three points in the 73rd minute as Rashford and Martial linked up with a clever one-two before the French forward – in his first Premier League start since August – slotted home his third league goal of the season.Just as the game looked to be petering out the Canaries pulled one back, with Hernandez hitting his first goal of the season after a solo run.last_img read more