Robert Blake's troubled wife lived in fear of the Baretta actor, who once warned her he "already had a bullet with her name on it," one of her relatives said last night.
"He was making a lot of verbal threats," Leebonny Bakley's half-brother, Peter Carlyon, told a Memphis TV reporter in an interview aired on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
"She had been talking 'life is such a headache, I feel like I'd be better off dead.'
"He made the statement to her that she didn't need to worry about it, he already had a bullet with her name on it."
Carlyon claimed Bakley was terrified of Blake because he carried a gun.
"I'm fearing for my life," Carlyon quoted her telling him. "If anything happens, he did it."
Carlyon stopped short of accusing Blake of Bakley's shooting death, but hinted he may have hired a hit man.
"I'm not saying he pulled the trigger, but he does have the financial means to have someone else pull the trigger," he said.
The Post also learned yesterday another pal worried about Bakley. Ray Hale, a former tour manager for rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, said Bakley "was real nervous and real scared when she was talking about this [situation]."
"She had told me . . . 'I'm more afraid of Robert Blake than I am with Christian Brando,'" Hale said.
Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando, served prison time for the death of his half-sister's lover.
Bakley, 44, dumped Brando for Blake several years ago.
Hale said Bakley had mixed feelings about Blake, the man with whom she had an 11-month-old daughter.
"When he's nice to me, I love him. When he's mean to me, I don't," Hale said Bakley told him.
"She said that he mentally abuses her, calls her stupid . . . ," Hale said from his Pennsylvania home.
Blake, 67, married Bakley last November after DNA tests verified he was the father of her daughter. They lived in separate quarters on property owned by Blake.
Bakley was shot through the head while sitting in a parked car outside the Studio City restaurant Vitello's, where the couple had just dined. Blake told cops that as she was being murdered, he was inside the restaurant retrieving a licensed handgun that he had dropped.
L.A. cops who interviewed Blake say he's not a suspect.
Yesterday, cops said they are looking into reports by Blake's lawyer, Harland Braun, that any number of people would have a motive for killing Bakley.
Bakley had a criminal record for Social Security card misuse and possession of stolen credit cards, and also had romanced and fleeced lonely men she met through personal ads she placed, her friends and family say.
A source close to Blake told The Post the LAPD has already tested Blake's hands for gun-powder residue and the test came back negative.