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The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (07/24)

July 24, 2007 9:20 AM ET

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? After a four-day layoff, the forensic science parade continued. Stuart James, author of Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes, took the stand for the defense and testified that back spatter -- the blood that floats backwards from an exit wound -- can travel up to six feet, making it possible for Phil Spector to be across the room at the time of Lana Clarkson's death and still get her blood on him. More significant, however, is that James contradicted previous testimony by prosecution witness Lynne Herold, who was citing James' book when she claimed that Spector had to be within three feet of Clarkson when she was shot.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR SPECTOR? Good. Herold was the prosecution's forensic MVP, and negating her testimony is crucial for the defense. A dark cloud looms, however, as there’s reportedly infighting among Spector’s all-star defense team pertaining to its future course of action. HAIR & WARDROBE UPDATE: Spector continues to educate us about all the different shades of blue, with at least four different varieties of the color in his ensemble yesterday. Photo: Rector/Getty 

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