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Charles Weedman, lawyer for Claudine Longet in shooting of ski champion lover, dies at 86

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – 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 defence 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 defence achieved a legal victory as the jury convicted Longet of the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanour. 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.