Stuntman testifies against Robert Blake

Feb. 9, 2005 at 10:12 PM
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LOS ANGELES, West Bank, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Testifying Wednesday in Robert Blake's murder trial, stuntman Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton said the actor told him he wanted his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, "snuffed."

Hambleton said Blake also took him on a tour of potential kill sites, offered Hambleton a weapon to use and gave him strategies for sneaking into Bakley's living quarters, E! Online reported.

Hambleton said Blake requested a meeting under the guise of discussing a script. But instead of a scrip, the stuntman said Blake offered up a plot of his own.

Bakley was fatally shot May 4, 2001, at a restaurant.

"He obviously had picked me out to do the job," the stuntman said. But when Hambleton balked, he said Blake became frustrated, shouting, "If you're not going to do it, I sure as hell am."

Hambleton is the first witness to say he's certain Blake wanted Bakley killed.

Testimony was to continue Thursday. Blake has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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