LOS ANGELES – A sheriff's criminalist testified that a small amount of genetic material matching Phil Spector's DNA profile was detected on the breast of the actress who was found fatally shot in music producer's castle-like home.
However, Steve Renteria said Tuesday during cross-examination by the defense, that Spector's genetic profile was not found on any part of the gun used in the shooting or the bullets in the weapon.
Testimony was to continue Wednesday. Criminalist Jaime Lintemoot, who was at the shooting scene, is expected to testify about what she saw on Lana Clarkson's body, including any blood or debris found on the black slip dress and coat Clarkson was wearing when she was shot.
Spector has pleaded not guilty to a charge he murdered Clarkson, contending she killed herself.
The 40-year-old the star of the movie "Barbarian Queen" died around 5 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2003, from a single shot fired in her mouth. She had met Spector just hours earlier while working as a hostess at The House of Blues nightclub. He asked her to accompany him to his mansion for a drink.
The lack of Spector's DNA on the gun could raise questions about what a chauffeur saw at the producer's home. He testified that he saw Spector emerge from his home holding a bloody gun and declare, "I think I killed somebody."
The gun was found on the floor beside Clarkson's leg.
Renteria also testified that nail scrapings from Clarkson's right thumb also turned up none of Spector's DNA, supporting a defense theory that that there was no struggle between Clarkson and Spector before her death.
The prosecution has fought to get a missing piece of Clarkson's acrylic nail they claim a defense forensic expert found and withheld. Prosecutors have suggested it would help to show the angle of the gun when it was fired and might prove a struggle was involved.
Renteria explained to jurors the intricacies of DNA testing and the potential for contamination, as well as the frequency figures that would isolate Spector's DNA to him. But he did not offer any theories about how Spector's DNA came to be on Clarkson's breast.
Nor would he say absolutely that Spector was the DNA "donor," only that he was the likeliest donor of anyone in the world.
Spector, 67, became famous in the 1960s and '70s after his "Wall of Sound" technique revolutionized the recording of rock music.