LOS ANGELES – An attorney questioning Robert Blake (search) in a wrongful-death lawsuit said the actor made statements that don't jibe with police evidence and witness testimony about the night Blake's wife was murdered.
In a deposition in a lawsuit filed by the children of Bonny Lee Bakley (search), attorney Eric Dubin said Wednesday the "Baretta" (search) star testified that he entered the driver's side of the car in which his wife had been shot to death and shook her.
But Dubin cited court testimony from Blake's criminal trial to argue it was highly unlikely Blake cold have gotten into the car to try and revive Bakley without getting blood on him.
Prosecutors had argued that Blake made no attempt to revive his wife because he had fatally shot her, and a crime scene reconstructionist testified the interior of the car had numerous blood stains but Blake had no blood on him.
"I think that new information that I have learned from taking Robert Blake's deposition is a smoking gun that was missing from the criminal trial," Dubin said. "I was able to uncover this critical information because I was the only one given the chance to question Robert Blake."
Blake was acquitted in March of killing Bakley, who was shot to death in a parked car outside a restaurant in May 2001. During the trial, both the prosecution and the defense portrayed Bakley as a con woman who had trapped the actor into marriage by becoming pregnant with their daughter, Rosie.
Blake's attorney, Peter Ezzell, declined to comment on Wednesday's testimony.
"We're trying to get what I wanna say out there," Blake told reporters during a break. "So maybe I'll go do Larry King or somebody that can talk to me, and I can talk back to them 'cause this is just not very fruitful."
A trial date has not been set.