LOS ANGELES – Robert Blake (search) had his head in his hands and was moaning the night his wife was slain, a fire captain testified, saying the actor's behavior was normal for someone involved in a traumatic event.
"Based upon your experience, was there anything about Mr. Blake's demeanor at the scene that seemed out of the ordinary?" defense attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach asked Thursday at Blake's murder trial.
"No," said Kevin Bailey, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Bailey, whose team was first to respond to the report of an assault near Vitello's Restaurant on the night of May 4, 2001, said team members found Bonny Lee Bakley (search) shot and Blake sitting on a curb.
"He had his head in his hands. I recall some moaning and at one point he may have gotten physically sick," Bailey.
Bailey said he also noticed that Blake was carrying a gun and the actor offered an explanation.
"He said he carried it around for security or protection, that his wife wanted him to do that," he said. It was not the gun that killed Bakley, who had married Blake soon after she gave birth to his baby.
Earlier in the trial, Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels called several prosecution witnesses to try to show Blake was faking his anguish over his wife's death.
Bakley, 44, was fatally shot as she sat in a car near Vitello's. Blake, 71, contends he returned to the car to find her mortally wounded.
Defense attorneys contend Bakley was killed by someone else, perhaps someone who had been stalking her.
Blake, the former "Baretta" (search) TV star, is charged with murder, lying in wait and soliciting two stuntmen to murder Bakley. If convicted, he could face life in prison.