Blake Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Opening statements in the murder trial of actor Robert Blake are being delayed for two weeks, until Dec. 20.

It's because of a burglary in which a computer belonging to his defense attorney was stolen. The opening statements were supposed to begin Monday.

Blake's attorney, Gerald Schwartzbach, told the judge Monday in Los Angeles that he'd need more time to prepare because of the materials that were lost with the computer.

The judge asked jurors if they'd heard about any developments in the case -- and eight of the jurors and alternates said they had. He then called each one into his chambers individually to see if they could put aside what they heard. All of them returned to their seats.

Blake is accused in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2001. He'd married her months earlier, after DNA tests showed he was the father of their baby daughter.

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