Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Los Angeles Police would not comment Monday on a report that investigators found the gun used to kill actor Robert Blake's wife.
"We're not commenting on evidence collected or not collected. We are not investigating this in the media," said Sgt. John Pasquariello, a police spokesman.
"This is a sensitive investigation and everyone should understand that."
ABC's "Good Morning America," citing an unidentified source, reported that the gun was found in a trash bin near the shooting site.
Blake's attorney, Harland Braun, told The Associated Press he was not surprised by the report because "a hit man always discards a gun."
Bonny Lee Bakley, who married Blake four months ago and was the mother of his 11-month-old baby, was shot May 4 as she sat on the passenger side of his parked car after the couple dined at a Studio City restaurant. Police have said no one, including Blake, has been ruled out as a suspect.
Blake said Bakley was killed after he left her in the car to return to the restaurant to retrieve a gun he inadvertently left behind. The actor's lawyer said he carried the weapon because Bakley told him she was in danger.
Authorities at the time said Bakley, 45, was shot once in the head. ABC said she also was shot in the shoulder and the gun had a third bullet in it.
The weapon was not registered to Blake, who is a gun collector, but an unidentified source told ABC that detectives searching the actor's home found a box of ammunition of the same brand used in the gun, and three bullets were missing from the box. However, ABC said the ammunition is widely used and the casings in the box don't exactly match the casings in the gun.
Braun described the ammunition as "generic."
ABC reported that gunpowder residue tests on Blake were inconclusive.
Braun said the tests showed Blake was "clean." He said he got his information from his own sources he wouldn't identify. "If they had gunshot residue tests that showed anything on him, he would be in custody by now," Braun said.
Blake's home was in disarray with writings on the wall saying, "I am not going down for this," ABC said. Braun said he knew nothing about scrawlings on walls and saw nothing himself when he was in the home.