Robert Blake was planning family life with his late wife Bonny Lee
Bakley just before she was murdered, the actor testified in a California court
The Baretta star, 72, is currently battling a civil lawsuit brought by the
children of Bakley, who was found murdered in his car outside a restaurant in
Studio City, California, in May 2001. Blake was acquitted of fatally shooting
Bakley in March, but her grown-up kids claim he is responsible for her
Blake denies responsibility for her death and claims the couple was looking
forward to life together with their young baby Rosie, now five.
Speaking in Burbank Superior Court, Blake said, “There was a clear
understanding that Rosie belonged to me and Bonny.
“She was ours and we were going to raise her.”
Blake said he and Bakley honeymooned only a month before the actress was
killed, and they had placed Rosie in the care of his adult daughter Delinah
while they spent quality time together.
In response to questions about the night of Bakley’s murder, the family’s
lawyer Eric Dubin asked why Blake took a loaded gun to the meal at Vitello’s
restaurant, where the couple dined just before Bakley was fatally shot.
Blake claimed he had “security concerns” because people had been hanging
around his house. In his criminal trial earlier this year, Blake said,
“There were some strange things happening outside my house. It scared me.”
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