LOS ANGELES – A retired stuntman testified Wednesday that Robert Blake (search) took him on a tour of places where he could kill the actor's wife, including the area around the restaurant where she was eventually slain.
Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton (search) also testified at Blake's murder trial that the defendant showed him a gun he could use and took him to his home and demonstrated how he could enter Bonny Lee Bakley's (search) living quarters, kill her and escape.
Blake, 71, is accused of shooting Bakley, 44, on May 4, 2001, in a car parked near Vitello's, a restaurant near Blake's home.
Hambleton said Blake arranged a meeting, which he thought was to discuss a script, but then they went for a drive.
"He wanted to drive me around so I could see the lay of the land and to Vitello's because he had already begun the discussion about getting rid of his wife," Hambleton said.
"The conversation went from we are going to have to take care of his wife. And he went from we to me in the singular. He obviously had picked me out to do the job," Hambleton said.
Hambleton said Blake showed him a .25-caliber pistol and suggested that Hambleton might want to use it because it was unregistered.
Hambleton was the third witness in two days to describe Blake discussing how his wife could be killed. Unlike the others, Hambleton indicated it was clear Blake was soliciting his wife's murder although he did not say if Blake offered any money.