April 19, 2002: Robert Blake arrested

The actor was arrested for the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
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The arrest of actor Robert Blake for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake who has been reportedly transferred to the hospital ward of the Los Angeles county main men's jail where he'll be put in isolation 24 hour suicide watch. And authorities say that standard operating procedure for high profile of arrests it BC's Brian Rooney now and Los Angeles brings us up to date on the story. Robert Blake sat with his body guard and another man yesterday afternoon in the yard of his sister's home in a gated community. It was rumored that Blake would be arrested and reporters were waiting. The bodyguard left and after a thirty minute pursuit by the police he was arrested. About the same time the police were on the phone to Blake's lawyer. They called me and asked me to call Robert. Tell them they're on their way so they give us that courtesy and there were a lot of rumors about this impending arrest of that was just before 6 o'clock. Local television news was on the year in fact Blake is being arrested in connection with the murder of his wife almost a year of golf. The 69 year old actor was led in handcuffs to an unmarked police car. Door was open and mr. Blake stepped from the house. Prepared to be arrested with television news helicopters overhead LA's latest celebrity murder suspect was driven to police headquarters. He was booked on two counts of soliciting murder and murder with special circumstances. Which means he could face death. LE PD case has developed both physical and significant circumstantial evidence. Robert Blake killed Bonny Lee Blakely investigators say. Late actually pulled the trigger and his bodyguard Earle Caldwell was a conspirator in the killing. Starting out as a child actor in the our gang series in the thirties Robert Blake gained fame in the 1970s. Playing the tough guy Kopp Beretta and television. On May fourth last year Blake's 44 year old wife Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to debt as she sat alone. In the couple's car a block from the studio city restaurant where the two had just eaten dinner. Lake later told investigators an odd story that he had returned to the restaurant to retrieve of all things and gun he left and his seat. The gun had not been fired but police later found a nine millimeter pistol in a construction dumpster at the murder scene. And said last night it was the murder weapon we believe the motive is that. Robert Blake. Had contempt for funny basically Blake's lawyer has described Bonny Bakley as a swindler who used to sell nude pictures ever self. A woman with many victims he said basically also trapped his client in to marriage by becoming pregnant with a daughter who is now to. And there are people in her past who have made threats better they're people with motives even while Blake stood at his wife's grave with their daughter. He was always the prime suspect and the attorney for bakeries family said the arrest was no surprise. He was the one. That had the motive to do was use the one that was threatening to do it. And he's the one that Bonnie was worried about doing it. Lake is expected to be held without bail for arraignment Monday. He told his lawyer he's been through a lot before. It is going to come through this too. For Good Morning America this is Brian Rooney in Los Angeles.

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