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Bonny Lee Bakley

December 7, 2005
I am the attorney who represented Robert Blake in the criminal trial that resulted in his acquittal. I am writing in response to The Times' Nov. 19 article, "Blake Held Responsible for Slaying." The article contains an unfair statement: "The verdict by the Burbank jury [in the civil trial that concluded on Nov. 18] was a rebuff to a Van Nuys criminal jury, which acquitted Blake in March of murder charges." The verdict in the civil case was certainly not "a rebuff." Aside from the fact that the civil trial involved a lower burden of proof [a fact later noted in the article]
April 26, 2008 | Victoria Kim
An appeals court Friday upheld a civil judgment holding actor Robert Blake responsible for his wife's death, but cut in half the $30 million he was ordered to pay her family. The 2nd District appellate court ruled Friday that Blake's attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach failed to show there had been a trial error in the wrongful-death suit. Schwartzbach had argued before the court in January that his client had not received a fair trial, citing juror misconduct and insufficient instruction given to the jury.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks said Wednesday that the media have dehumanized Robert Blake's wife after she was shot to death near a Studio City restaurant May 4. Parks, speaking to reporters after a luncheon in Century City, blamed media outlets for presenting a negative portrayal of Bonny Lee Bakley as the investigation of her slaying continued. Police have not identified a suspect, he said. "There's a victim who seems to be victimized a second time," Parks said.
January 20, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
An author summoned by police after actor Robert Blake's wife was killed testified Wednesday that he went to the crime scene with detectives but did not touch anything. Four years ago, Miles Corwin was working on a book about police detectives when Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, was shot to death as she sat alone in Blake's car near an Italian restaurant in Studio City, where they had just dined. Blake, 71, star of the 1970s television show "Baretta," was arrested a year later and charged with murder.
January 12, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Two friends testified Tuesday that actor Robert Blake was agitated and appeared upset as he dined at a Studio City restaurant with his wife shortly before she was shot dead. "He seemed upset about something," Richard Noel told jurors in Van Nuys. He also said Blake "seemed a little animated" as the actor and wife Bonny Lee Bakley talked at their booth in Vitello's restaurant. Blake is being tried on murder charges in the slaying of Bakley, 44, near Vitello's on May 4, 2001.
March 13, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
After nine days of testimony, a Los Angeles judge is expected to decide today whether actor Robert Blake will stand trial on charges that he attempted to hire two Hollywood stuntmen to kill his wife, and then pulled the trigger himself. Superior Court Judge Lloyd M. Nash also will decide if Blake, 69, is eligible for bail. He has been in jail for 11 months. "It's an important issue," Nash said as testimony wrapped up Thursday. "I want to deal with it directly."
March 4, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Robert Blake's lawyer told jurors Thursday that they should discredit the testimony of two aging Hollywood stuntmen who said Blake asked them to kill his wife, because they are drug addicts who have lied to authorities. The stuntmen acknowledge that they failed to tell police about Blake's alleged solicitations to kill his 44-year-old wife until Bonny Lee Bakley was fatally shot May 4, 2001, near a Studio City restaurant where she and Blake had eaten dinner, the lawyer said.
January 21, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County prosecutors asked a judge Tuesday to bar actor Robert Blake's defense lawyer from accusing others, including Christian Brando, of killing the actor's wife. Deputy Dist. Attys. Patrick R. Dixon and Shellie L. Samuels also want jurors to visit the Studio City restaurant where Bonny Lee Bakley ate her last meal and see the spot where she was fatally shot, preferably at night.
Prosecutors want a judge to limit the work done by an investigator for Robert Blake's defense team because they say he is telling potential witnesses that he does not believe the actor killed his wife. In court documents filed earlier this week, prosecutors say that William C. Jordan, whom they describe as a potential prosecution witness, may be overstepping his bounds.
January 28, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Bonny Lee Bakley's daughter testified Thursday that Robert Blake emotionally abused her mother, and she described Bakley's panic when the actor took their infant daughter. Holly Gawron, 24, described what she said were several threatening phone calls that the "Baretta" star made to her mother in Little Rock, Ark., in June 1999, just after the birth of Blake and Bakley's daughter, Rosie.
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