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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