Jury selection begins in Robert Black trial

Nov. 15, 2004 at 8:52 PM

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Jury selection in the murder trial of actor Robert Black began Monday in Van Nuys, Calif.

Blake is accused of killing his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, outside a California restaurant in 2001. The prosecution also alleges Blake sought two stuntmen to kill Bakley.

Despite the seriousness of the crime -- this is not a capital crime case - it is not expected the Blake trial will receive a fraction of the media attention that the O.J.Simpson case or the Scott Peterson case had, reported E! Online Monday.

The 71-year-old defendant is considered to be 25 years past his prime as the Emmy-winning star of TV show "Baretta" and Bakley was an "unsympathetic, unattractive victim," according to Harvey Levin, creator/executive producer of TV's syndicated "Celebrity Justice."

"I think one of the things that people like watching is -- and I hate to say it -- they like good-looking victims, and they like good-looking defendants."

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