The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (06/05)

June 5, 2007 1:05 PM ET

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? Medical examiner Dr. David Pena took the stand for a fourth and final day. Last week, he appeared to have the defense rattled with his convincing case that Lana Clarkson's death was a homicide rather than an intentional suicide; now the defense is arguing that it could have been an accidental suicide. We also learned that Clarkson was a Grateful Dead fan who liked to quote Jerry Garcia in e-mails.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR SPECTOR? Pena's entire testimony has been bad for Spector.

HAIR AND WARDROBE WATCH: Spector sported a large-collared orange red shirt under a pinstriped suit jacket.

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