Spector wasted no time after entering his plea to attack the prosecutor, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, and his decision to have the indictment handed down by a grand jury instead of holding a preliminary hearing. Spector told reporters outside the courthouse, "The actions of the Hitler-like district attorney and his storm trooper henchmen are reprehensible, unconscionable and despicable."
The 53-year-old record producer said that he deserved a preliminary hearing similar to the one Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant was afforded in Colorado where a public hearing of the evidence against him would be held before a judge would decide if there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
"Does this district attorney have something to hide and fear?" Spector asked reporters. "This district attorney is pursuing a personal vendetta."
The district attorney's office defending their decision to take the case to a grand jury, saying that it was made in the interest of furthering the case and preventing further delays.
The charges stem from the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's estate on February 3, 2003. Police found the actress in the foyer of Spector's mansion and investigators determined that she had died from a gun shot wound from a gun placed in her mouth.
Spector claims that Clarkson's death was the result of a suicide.