Blake Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It could take a while to find enough jurors for the Robert Blake murder trial in Los Angeles.

Only 20 of the first 177 prospects said today that they could be available for a long trial.

The former "Baretta" star, his lawyers and prosecutors were not at today's proceeding.

Blake is accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. The two married after DNA tests showed he was the father of her baby. The 71-year-old actor has pleaded innocent to one count of murder, two counts of solicitation of murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait.

The potential jurors were ordered to complete questionnaires. The screening may involve as many as 1,800 possible jurors.

The judge wants as many as 200 prescreened jurors ready to be questioned next month when lawyers take over.

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