LOS ANGELES – Cops accused Robert Blake of murder shortly after his wife's mysterious death, demanding to know when and where he committed the crime, a lawyer for the embattled actor said yesterday.
A gunman blew away Bonny Lee Bakley on May 4, just after she and Blake left a Studio City, Calif., restaurant. Blake has told cops that Bakley was killed when he briefly left her alone in their car after dinner.
But the morning after Bakley's murder, investigators accused Blake of driving his wife a short distance away, killing her, and then driving the body back to the neighborhood of the restaurant, Blake lawyer Harland Braun said.
"It doesn't make any sense," Braun told The Post. "They were telling him that he took her away, killed her somewhere else and then brought her back [near the restaurant]. What I found astounding about this is that it wouldn't make any sense from the time line."
Cops have not ruled out Blake as a suspect but insist they've interviewed him only as a witness.
LAPD officials refused to discuss details of the investigation yesterday.
Blake met with police for three hours immediately after Bakley was murdered, his lawyer said.
The next morning, Blake was on his way to meet with defense lawyers when cops stopped him in his yard and asked for another interview, Braun said. About an hour into that interview, cops allegedly accused the former Baretta star of murder.
"That's when he broke it off," Braun said.