Lawyer: Blake is guilty

first_img “Husbands don’t get to decide whether their wives should die,” Dubin said. “There are no more holidays or Christmases with their mom because it wasn’t good for Robert Blake’s schedule. This was not Robert Blake’s retirement plan.” Defense attorney Peter Ezzell countered in his closing argument that there wasn’t enough evidence connecting Blake to his wife’s killing. “The motive is missing from what we have heard over the past two months,” Ezzell said. “The evidence remains unclear whether the plaintiffs’ claim is that Mr. Blake killed Miss Bakley or someone else did.” Blake has repeatedly denied killing his wife. He claims he left Bakley in the car to go back inside the restaurant to retrieve a handgun he carried for protection but accidentally left in their booth, then found her shot when he went back out to the car. There was no testimony that anyone saw Blake return to the restaurant. Dubin suggested that Blake became obsessed with getting rid of his wife. “You start building things up in your mind and it’s all you ever think of,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Dubin alleged that in an eight-month span before Bakley died, Blake tried to distance himself from her and then attempted to hire two former Hollywood stuntmen to kill her. “It’s too much to say he didn’t do it,” Dubin said. “He did it. I wish he didn’t, but he did.” Dubin showed the courtroom photographs including one of Bakley with a gunshot wound to her head. Her adult children, Holly and Glenn Gawron, turned their faces away from the projector screen. Their attorney also displayed a photograph of Bakley with her children. Despite a background that included a mail-order business that conned men out of money by selling nude photos, Bakley didn’t deserve to die, he said. BURBANK An attorney representing the children of Robert Blake’s slain wife in a wrongful-death lawsuit pleaded with jurors Thursday to find the actor liable for her death. Eric Dubin said in a closing argument that Blake was responsible for the death of 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot in the actor’s car May 4, 2001, outside a Studio City restaurant where they had just dined. The 72-year-old Blake, who married Bakley in November 2000 after tests showed he was the father of her baby, Rosie, was acquitted of murder in March after a criminal trial. Bakley’s children then sued Blake in an attempt to have him found civilly liable and to win damages. Blake’s former handyman Earle Caldwell is a co-defendant. Closing arguments concluded Thursday and jurors were expected to get the case today. last_img read more