LOS ANGELES – Jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial completed a third day of deliberations Wednesday and went home after the judge warned them not to watch a TV program about the case.
The jury and alternates were called in by Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler before being released.
"Although you are under admonition not to watch TV or read newspapers, I have to be very specific," Fidler said. "'Dateline NBC' is doing a special on this case tonight. You are not to watch the show."
The judge specifically addressed a juror who is a "Dateline" producer.
"Juror Number 2, you are now on lifetime jury duty," the judge quipped.
"I thought I was already," the juror replied.
The panel's service in the case dates to March 19, when jury selection began.
After months of testimony, the case was submitted to the jury late Monday morning.
Spector, 67, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, at his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003.
Deliberations were to resume at 9 a.m. PDT Thursday.