The Murder Trial of Robert Blake

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The Murder Trial of Robert Blake

ENG4C1-30

Ms. Huculak

John Nicholson

The Murder trial of Robert Blake
John Nicholson
ENG4C1-30
January 6, 2013

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The Murder Trial of Robert Blake

ENG4C1-30

Ms. Huculak

John Nicholson

Table of Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................................... 3 Trial .............................................................................................................................................................. 4 Aftermath ...................................................................................................................................................... 5 Conclusion .................................................................................................................................................... 6 Works Cited................................................................................................................................................... 7

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The Murder Trial of Robert Blake

ENG4C1-30

Ms. Huculak

John Nicholson

Introduction
Fame and fortune help another celebrity to walk away from the conviction of murder. Robert Blake, who was famous both as a childhood actor, and throughout his life, was charged and acquitted in the murder of his wife Bonnie Bakley. The couple were only married for six months. In this report, I will examine how Robert Blake was acquitted from the charge of murder.

Crime
On May 4th 2001, Robert Blake and his wife Bonny Lee Bakley went for a nice evening meal at the couples’ favourite Italian restaurant, Vitello's. After parking the car on a quiet street around the corner from Vitello's restaurant (Kari & Associates, 2005), Blake and Bonny started walking towards the restaurant. When they got to the restaurant, the couple were seated at one of the booths to eat. They ordered a dish (Fusilli e minestra alla Robert Blake) (King, 2013) named after Robert Blake. After eating the meal, they left the restaurant to walk back to the car. When they got back to the car, Blake had noticed his personal firearm was missing from his sweatshirt. He returned to the restaurant to get it. When he arrived back at his car, he found his wife bleeding from one gunshot wound. (The Associated Press, 2005). The gunshot entered her head. Blake ran across a busy street to get help at a nearby house (Modesti, 2011). On April 18th, 2002, Robert Blake was arrested for murder, soliciting murder, conspiracy to commit murder to which Blake professed his innocence to anyone that would listen.

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The Murder Trial of Robert Blake

ENG4C1-30

Ms. Huculak

John Nicholson

Trial
Opening statements, made by M. Gerald Schwartzbach (Blake’s defence attorney) and Shellie Samuels (state prosecutor), in the Blake trial began on December 20th, 2004. Shellie Samuels opened her case and reiterated what Blake told the police at the time of the crime, that he walked his wife to their car after dinner, and then he had found that he had left his gun back in the booth at the restaurant. He said when he got back to the car that he found his wife bleeding from one gunshot. Shellie Samuels called some witnesses that were in the restaurant when Blake returned for the second time, particularly after his wife was shot and killed. They testified that Blake appear to have phoney tears as he wept and moaned over the slaying of his wife. One witness said the actor appeared to be “turning it on and off” (The Associated Press, 2005). More evidence was presented about Blake trying to get a street thug-turned-minister and two stuntmen from his early acting days to kill his wife. One of the stuntmen said Blake talked about having Bakley “snuffed” and mentioned locations for the killing, including the Grand Canyon (The Associated Press, 2005).

Blakes’ defence called it a weak case...
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