LOS ANGELES – The judge presiding over the murder trial of famed music producer Phil Spector is leaning toward allowing television cameras in the courtroom during the proceedings, he told attorneys Wednesday. “I’m a firm believer in letting the public see what we do,” said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. “I have a problem with commentators telling people what’s going on in the trial.” Spector, 67, was indicted in September 2004 for the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in his Alhambra mansion. Spector, who is currently free on $1million bail, faces life in prison if convicted. Fidler said he will bring 300 prospective jurors into the courtroom – 150 on March 19 and another 150 the following day – to answer written questionnaires crafted by attorneys on both sides. Oral questioning of potential jurors should begin by the second week of April, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, who is co-counsel with L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Pat Dixon. The two men successfully prosecuted the case against motorsports promoter Michael Frank Goodwin, who was convicted Jan. 4 of orchestrating the 1988 execution-style murders of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy. Spector’s trial is expected to start in late April and last three months. Spector did not appear in court Wednesday, but will be in court for jury questioning, per Fidler’s orders. According to court documents, Spector told police Clarkson was waving a gun around in his home the night of her death. He has said she committed suicide. Spector is known for creating the “Wall of Sound” recording technique exhibited in the 1963 hit “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. Spector married Veronica “Ronnie” Bennett from the band five years later; the couple divorced in 1974. Spector, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, has produced such famous musicians as Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and The Ramones, among others. He met Clarkson, best known for her role in the Roger Corman cult film “Barbarian Queen,” while she was working as a VIP hostess at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Fidler will hear attorneys’ arguments for and against cameras in the courtroom at a Feb. 16 hearing, scheduled for 10a.m. in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. [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!