Blake-Wife Slain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A California prosecutor says the evidence is clear, Robert Blake killed his own wife after two stuntmen refused to do it.

Opening statements are under way in the actor's murder trial. The former "Baretta" star is charged with killing Bonny Lee Bakley three and a-half years ago.

Prosecutors say Blake's union with Bakley was "not a marriage made in heaven," and that the actor despised her.

The prosecutor began laying out details of a largely circumstantial case Monday morning to a jury in Los Angeles.

The prosecution's star witnesses in the preliminary hearing were two stuntmen who say Blake tried to get them to kill Bakley. But they've been dogged by allegations of drug use and mental illness, and it's unclear whether Blake's lawyer will make those claims in his opening statement.

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