LOS ANGELES – The much-delayed murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was postponed again Tuesday, with a judge pushing the case back to January.
Spector's trial in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson had been set for September. But at a hastily called hearing, the judge told attorneys he had scheduled two trials for the same time and had decided to try the other case first, according to the district attorney's office.
Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler set a new date for Spector of Jan. 16.
Known for creating rock music's "wall of sound," Spector, 66, is accused of killing Clarkson in his mansion on Feb. 3, 2003.
Clarkson, 40, was best known as the star of Roger Corman's cult film "Barbarian Queen." She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip and went home with Spector the night she was killed, police said.
Spector is free on $1 million bail. He faces life in prison if convicted.
While awaiting trial, Spector has been embroiled in another court battle. He sued his former personal assistant alleging she siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from his accounts.
The assistant recently countersued for more than $5 million. Her claims included sexual harassment.
Spector, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the producer of such classic hits as "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling."