Guns, ammunition found in barn behind Blake home

Defense attorney says he offered guns to police

October 24, 2002|By Andrew Blankstein | Andrew Blankstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOS ANGELES - Two .38-caliber revolvers, ammunition and other items were recovered recently from a barn behind Robert Blake's Hidden Hills home by detectives looking for evidence implicating the actor in the shooting death of his wife, according to a police search warrant affidavit.

Los Angeles police sought the warrant after a man removing gym equipment from the barn Friday found one of the guns in a holster in a wooden box behind a stereo cabinet suspended about seven feet above the floor.

The man looked into the box "and saw a blue steel gun in a holster," according to the affidavit. "He also saw a knit hat and a garment that he thought might be a pair of gloves. The man immediately became nervous and called LAPD."

In the affidavit, police said two stuntmen whom Blake is suspected of soliciting to kill his wife said they were shown a weapon in a zippered holster.

"Recovery of that firearm will give us information regarding the kinds of ammunition that defendant Blake used and the sources of defendant Blake's firearms," Detective Ron Ito wrote in the affidavit.

Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was fatally shot in the actor's car May 4 last year, a few blocks from Vitello's restaurant in Studio City.

Bakley was killed with a World War II-vintage German pistol, an unregistered Walther P-38 that was found in a trash bin about 10 feet from where Blake's car was parked the night of the shooting.

That weapon had no fingerprints and was covered in fresh motor oil, according to earlier affidavits. The one bullet left in the gun matched two casings found in and near the car.

Blake attorney Harland W. Braun said yesterday that the defense team knew about the guns a year ago and offered them to police.

Andrew Blankstein writes for the Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing Co. newspaper.

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