So far all the Phil Spector murder trial has really taught us is that Phil Spector likes to wave guns in people's faces, Phil Spector's lawyer has been a bit ill and Phil Spector is the finest connoisseur of practical lesbian-styled wigs in the land.
But one question had been left unanswered – what was Phil Spector like on the night that B-movie actress Lana Clarkson died from a gunshot to the mouth? That question was neatly answered in part yesterday by Rommie Davis, a friend of Phil Spector who was out with the music producer on the evening that Lana Clarkson died. According to Rommie Davis, Phil Spector was combing alcohol and medication that night or, as she termed it, "a lethal combination." Reports that the utterance of word "lethal" was accompanied in court by a lightning strike and a burst of sinister-sounding organ music are still unconfirmed.
We've said it before, but things appear to be stacking up against Phil Spector in a most alarming way. Standing trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson, who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the mouth in his home in 2003, Phil Spector has so far encountered difficulty finding a jury who didn't already think he was guilty, been called "sinister and deadly," heard accusations of evidence tampering and come face to face with a woman who say he pulled a gun on her. And then two more. And a woman who says he tried to rape her at gunpoint once.
And on top of that his defence lawyer has been necking gammy medicine. You wouldn't want to be Phil Spector right now, in short.
Eventually Phil Spector's defence team will do its best to convince everyone that Phil Spector is innocent, but testimonies like the one by Phil Spector's friend Rommie Davis yesterday aren't exactly going to help. Rommie Davis was out with Phil Spector on the night that Lana Clarkson died and claims she noticed a change in Spector's usual behaviour which she put down to a mixture of medication and alcohol. CBS News reports:
"I was very concerned about him," she said. On Feb. 2, 2003, she said she told Spector he should not be drinking but he ordered two daiquiris before dinner. "He was not his usual self," she said. "He was not interested in what I had to say. … In all the time I went out with him, he was great fun to be with. … This weekend, the behavior was totally different."
Following this testimony, Davis was cross-examined, where she admitted that she didn't know if Phil Spector was drunk.
Rommie Davis was taken home by Phil Spector just after 11pm – setting up the scene nicely for the bit where Lana Clarkson died which, if we're honest, is the bit everyone is waiting for.