Coroner's Report: Victim In Spector Case May Have Fired Shot

An actress killed at music producer Phil Spector's home was shot with a gun inside her mouth and had gunshot residue on both hands, indicating she may have fired the weapon, according to a coroner's report given to The Associated Press.

The forensic analysis involving the .38-caliber Colt revolver was prepared four days after the Feb. 3, 2003, death of Lana Clarkson at the suburban Alhambra home of Spector, who was immediately arrested but wasn't charged with murder until November. He is free on $1 million bail.

"Analysis revealed several highly specific particles and many consistent particles of gunshot residue on both the right and left hand. ... Therefore, the decedent may have discharged a firearm or had (her) hands otherwise in an environment of gunshot residue," the report said.

Prosecutors maintain that the report does not prove that she shot herself, and other evidence points to Spector. Details here from's Law Center.