For two decades, law enforcement agencies and defense attorneys in high-profile cases have turned with confidence to Lee for scientific answers. But this week, in the Phil Spector murder trial, Lee was identified as part of a serious problem.
A playwright who worked with Lana Clarkson a month before her death said the actress never displayed suicidal tendencies, but did voice disappointment about the trajectory of her career and worry about her future as an aging actress in Hollywood.
Her testimony lasted just two minutes, but the woman likely to be the final witness for Phil Spector's defense presented jurors Wednesday with a side of the music legend unheard of in the previous four months of his murder trial -- that of a responsible, devoted father.
A recently unsealed deposition transcript reveals that the once-powerful music man has struggled with crippling depression for years, is under the regular care of a psychiatrist, and still disavows any responsibility for an alleged history of trouble when it comes to guns and women.
A panel of nine men and three women is hearing evidence against Phil Spector in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. They include a journalist once assigned to the case, the estranged wife of a convicted murderer, a civil engineer working on his PhD and a Broadway actor-turned-film executive. The average age of the panel is 48, about two decades younger than the defendant.