Police Have Gun in Killing of Blake's Wife

ByABC News
May 14, 2001, 6:33 AM

May 14 -- Los Angeles police have found the gun they believe was used to kill actor Robert Blake's wife in a trash bin a block and a half away from where the shooting took place, ABCNEWS has learned.

There was still one bullet in the gun, a Walther pistol described as a collector's item, which matched the two bullets used to kill Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, as she sat in the actor's car on May 4 waiting for him to return from a restaurant where the couple had just had dinner.

Sources said Bakley, 45, was shot once in the shoulder and once in the head.

Late today, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement to respond to what they characterized as media "rumors." Garrett Zimmon, the commanding officer of Detective Services in the LAPD, would not go into detail, but said authorities had not identified a single suspect.

"Contrary to some rumors, there is no pending arrest of a suspect in the case," he said.

Zimmon said he wanted to assure the public and the media that police are thoroughly investigating the case and "looking at all possible evidence and interviewing any and all witnesses."

Blake's Story Contradicted

Blake, 67, who said he had gone back to the restaurant to get a pistol he forgot when the couple left after dinner, is a gun collector. The Walther, a gun that used to be carried by German army officers, was not registered to him.

Blake, who says he was carrying a gun to protect his wife, said he found her wounded when he returned to the car. Bakley was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

ABCNEWS' David Wright reported on Good Morning America that one high-level source close to the investigation said that inside Blake's house police found a box of ammunition of the same brand used in the gun. Three bullets were missing from the box, Wright reported.

The brand of ammunition, Remington Peters, is a popular brand, though.

Authorities tell ABCNEWS when they searched Blake's house, it was in disarray with "I'm not going down for this" scrawled on the wall.