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November 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
As jury selection continues for the trial of actor Robert Blake, production is about to begin on a TV movie about the murder of which he is accused. But "Dying for Stardom: The Absolutely Unbelievable True Story of Bonny Lee Bakley" does not attempt to answer the question of who killed Blake's wife. "Whether Robert Blake pulled the trigger or whether he had someone pull the trigger ...
February 4, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
In a blow to the defense, the judge in the Robert Blake murder case on Tuesday ruled that jurors should not hear testimony suggesting that actor Marlon Brando's son might have killed Bonny Lee Bakley. Christian Brando might have had a motive to kill his former lover but he lacked the opportunity to do so, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darlene E. Schempp, who was ruling on pretrial motions. Authorities said he was at home in Washington state the night Bakley was fatally shot.
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.
March 28, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Before actor Robert Blake pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing his wife, he spoke to reporters for the first time since he was released from jail two weeks ago, thanking the judge who set his bail for "saving my life" and calling himself the "luckiest person you will ever meet."
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 12, 2003 | Jean Guccione and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Turning to the critical minutes after the crime, a detective testified Tuesday that actor Robert Blake asked a neighbor to call an ambulance for his dying wife, then returned to the restaurant where the couple had dined a few minutes earlier to find a doctor.
March 1, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
Actor Robert Blake repeatedly asked a second stuntman to kill Bonny Lee Bakley, the man said Friday, testifying that Blake "was unable to even think about or do anything until his wife was taken care of." " 'Snuff ' was the word he used," said Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton on the third day of Blake's preliminary hearing on charges that he shot the 44-year-old Bakley to death in Studio City on May 4, 2001. Hambleton said that days before Bakley was killed, he met with the actor a third and final time.
January 23, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Robert Blake's co-defendant sat silently Wednesday in an Irvine law office as his attorney repeatedly advised him against answering questions about the May 2001 slaying of the actor's wife. Earle Caldwell did not even put on a microphone for a videotaped deposition in a civil wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Bonny Lee Bakley's four children -- an early indication that he did not plan to respond verbally to any of the questions.
Three months before her death, actor Robert Blake's wife was ordered by federal authorities to stop sending sexually explicit material to a convicted bank robber in a Pennsylvania prison, according to documents. The letter from a prison official was among the thousands of pages of personal documents seized by Los Angeles police after Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death on May 4, 2001, near a Studio City restaurant.
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.
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