A Los Angeles judge has set a September date for pioneering rock producer Phil Spector’s second trial on charges that he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mock castle in 2003.

The jury in Spector’s first trial deadlocked 10-2 in favour of a guilty verdict in September 2007, forcing Fidler to declare a mistrial, but prosecutors immediately said they would bring the case again.

Most of Spector’s defence team quit in October causing delays in the retrial. The new defence team is seeking to have Fidler removed from the case, claiming he is biased against the 68-year-old rock producer.

Clarkson, 40, was found dead of a gunshot to the mouth early on the morning of Feb. 3, 2003 after Spector’s driver called police to say the record producer had killed someone.

Prosecutors say Spector, who is credited with revolutionizing pop music with his early 1960s “Wall of Sound” recordings, shot Clarkson while trying to prevent her from leaving.

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