Lawyer for Claudine Longet in shooting trial dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 9:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Weedman, a Los Angeles lawyer who gained international fame representing singer Claudine Longet (lahn-ZHAY') in the shooting death of her ski champion lover, has died.

Weedman's son, Jonathan, says the 86-year-old criminal defense lawyer died Wednesday night after a five-year bout with Parkinson's disease.

Longet was charged with manslaughter in the killing of Olympic skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich in Aspen, Colorado, in 1976.

The defense achieved a legal victory as the jury convicted Longet of the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. Weedman argued the shooting was an accident and called both Longet and her ex-husband, singer Andy Williams, to testify.

Longet was sentenced to 30 days in jail which she was allowed to serve on weekends.

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