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December 4, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A lawyer monitoring the investigation into the theft of a computer containing key records of actor Robert Blake's defense said Friday the murder trial may have to be delayed. James Blatt, the special master appointed to monitor the Los Angeles police investigation into the theft of a key computer from the Sherman Oaks home of defense attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach on Wednesday night, raised questions about whether the trial could start Monday as scheduled.
February 16, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The wife and son of retired stuntman Gary McLarty testified Tuesday that he was addicted to cocaine and suffered a mental breakdown several years after he said actor Robert Blake solicited him to kill his wife. The testimony marked the opening day for the defense in the Blake murder trial in Van Nuys after four weeks of prosecution witnesses. It began with an assault on the credibility of McLarty, a crucial witness for prosecutors.
March 16, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the Robert Blake murder trial in Van Nuys asked Tuesday to review testimony about a retired stuntman who said the actor tried to hire him to kill his wife. The panel wanted to review portions of the testimony of the stuntman, Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton, and author Miles Corwin's account of how Los Angeles authorities briefly considered trying to use weapons charges against Hambleton to persuade the stuntman to assist in their murder investigation.
January 5, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A woman testified Tuesday that Robert Blake acted oddly the night his wife was killed, becoming the latest in a string of prosecution witnesses who said the actor never comforted her as she lay dying. Blake, 71, is on trial in Van Nuys for murder in the shooting of Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, his wife of six months and mother of his youngest child. She was shot in Blake's car on May 4, 2001, near the Studio City restaurant where they had dined.
March 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Jurors in Robert Blake's civil trial discussed the cases of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, ignored the lack of evidence that Blake killed his wife and decided to "send a message that celebrities and rich people cannot get away with murder," the actor's attorney said in an appeal filed Wednesday. Blake's lawyer argued that the award of $30 million to the family of Bonny Lee Bakley in the wrongful-death case was the result of prejudice and jury misconduct and should be reversed.
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.
June 18, 1986 | MARIANN HANSEN, Times Staff Writer
Too many questions were left unresolved after the 1971 prison uprising that left three San Quentin inmates and three prison guards dead, an attorney for Stephen Bingham charged in closing arguments Tuesday. Defense Counsel M. Gerald Schwartzbach told the Marin County Superior Court jury that there were major gaps in the investigation, including failure on the part of authorities to search for key suspects other than Bingham, who was a fugitive for 13 years.
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.
June 6, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The Medical Board of California is seeking to revoke or suspend the license of a San Francisco transplant surgeon accused of administering substantial quantities of pain medication to a prospective organ donor. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh also faces trial in October on a felony charge of dependent adult abuse in the death of 25-year-old Ruben Navarro, who suffered from a wasting neurological condition and was comatose.
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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