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Her body was found with a gunshot wound through the mouth. She was sitting in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s mansion. Spector is best known for creating the “Wall of Sound” recording technique and producing music for Bruce Springsteen, The Ronettes and The Beatles. Clarkson starred in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” The prosecution has contended the fingernail could prove Clarkson resisted having a gun put in her mouth. Part of Clarkson’s acrylic right thumbnail was missing when police found her. The defense says the actress shot herself. While the judge’s ruling was a substantial victory for the prosecution, Fidler denied prosecutors’ requests to instruct the jury that Lee was not a credible witness. LOS ANGELES – A judge in the Phil Spector murder trial stopped short of holding renowned forensic investigator Henry Lee in contempt of court after determining Lee removed a small, white object the prosecution believes was part of the victim’s thumbnail from the scene of the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting. Outside of the jury’s presence Wednesday, Fidler ruled in favor of the prosecution, saying he believed attorney Sara Caplan’s testimony that she saw Lee pick up a “white object with a rough edge” and place it in a vial during the search of Spector’s Alhambra mansion at the scene of the shooting. “An object was taken and put into a vial by Dr. Lee, and nobody has it at this point,” Fidler said, defying Lee’s testimony from earlier in the morning that Caplan was mistaken and no such evidence existed. “If Dr. Lee has this object, he is to produce it forthwith.” Spector, 67, is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, 40, whom he met the night before her death while she was working as a hostess in the West Hollywood’s House of Blues’ elite Foundation Room. Fidler said such an action would be “inappropriate” and he did not want to “project himself too far into the case.” Fidler will, however, allowed the prosecution to present all the evidence regarding the missing and still-undefined object to the jury if the defense decides to let Lee testify. Fidler likened the situation Wednesday morning to the 1950 Japanese crime drama “Rash mon.” In the movie, a woman is raped and her husband killed, and the film provides four different points of view of the crime without letting the audience know which one is “true.” “\ parties are telling the same story from different perspectives,” Fidler said of Wednesday’s testimony. When the jury returned after lunch, they listened to an Alhambra paramedic and detective testify while viewing numerous pictures with different angles of Clarkson’s dead body, which have been shown throughout the trial. David Riggs, an Alhambra Fire Department paramedic and firefighter, told Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson that he determined Clarkson was dead at 6:25 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, after performing several tests on her. Alhambra police Detective Esther Rodriguez explained her role of testing the hands of Spector’s driver, Adriano De Souza, for gunshot residue. In cross-examination, defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden attempted to prove that both witnesses seemed to have preconceived ideas that this was a “crime scene” and Clarkson was a “victim,” rather than considering the possibility that Clarkson could have shot herself. Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Associated Press contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!