Actor Blake testifies on wife death
Actor Robert Blake, testifying for the first time in the 2001 shooting death of his wife, said on Thursday he had given different accounts about the night of her death because he was "human."india Updated: Sep 30, 2005 18:42 IST
Actor Robert Blake, testifying for the first time in the 2001 shooting death of his wife, said on Thursday he had given different accounts about the night of her death because he was "human."
"There are versions because I'm a human being," Blake told a wrongful death civil trial in Los Angeles. "I'm not a machine. I'm 72 years old. I'm dyslexic."
The star of the 1970s TV show "Baretta" is accused of the wrongful death of his estranged wife Bonny Lee Bakley in a civil case brought by Bakley's adult children.
Blake did not take the stand in his criminal trial that ended in March with his acquittal on charges he murdered Bakley himself and solicited one of his former stuntmen to do so. But his accounts to police and lawyers of events that night have contained some conflicting statements.
Defendants are required to testify in civil cases where they do not face jail time.
Blake was accused of fatally shooting Bakley, 44, in May 2001 as she sat in his car outside a Los Angeles area restaurant in the criminal case that was built largely on circumstantial evidence.
Bakley was portrayed in the criminal case as a star-struck grifter and Blake has maintained that she was killed by an unknown assailant.
Lawyers in the civil case have argued Blake was furious when he found Bakley was pregnant and refused to have an abortion, and that he then tried to kidnap the baby, hire someone to have her killed, and then killed her himself when none of that worked.