Robert Blake's murder trial will see a former private investigator testifying months ahead of time due to his age.

William Jordan's testimony will still be admitted at the trial - although the 'conditional examination' was taken today (20AUG04) under the request of prosecutors who said that his age of 70-years-old may make him unavailable when the case comes to court.

The trial of Blake over the murder of his 44-year-old wife BONNY LEE BAKLEY, who he married just months before she died, is now scheduled to start on 1 November (04).

According to a police affidavit, Blake hired Jordan in September 2000 - in anticipation of child custody proceedings over his daughter ROSE.

Evidence shows Blake spoke with Jordan often up to the time of Bakley's murder - and that he was later hired to join the actor's defence team.

Blake is free on $1.5 million (GBP833,333) bail but he remains under house arrest.

20/08/2004 19:27