Robert Blake's adult stepdaughter claims the actor often boasted that he'd "get away with" murdering her mother, Bonny Lee Bakley.

Former BARETTA star Blake, 71, was found not guilty on Wednesday (16MAR05) in the May 2001 shooting death of Bakley, his wife of just six months.

And Bakley's daughter HOLLY GAWRON admits she didn't find the verdict at all shocking.

She says, "You really need physical evidence to win a case like that.

"Plenty of people were telling me not to expect anything, and from the beginning, I know (Blake) was telling people that he was going to get away with it. So I've always had my doubts that he would be convicted."

Blake was also acquitted of soliciting a former stuntman to murder Bakley, and the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favour of finding him not guilty of asking a second stuntman to kill her.

The actor was charged with fatally shooting Bakley, 44, in his car outside a Los Angeles-area restaurant. The evidence was largely circumstantial, based on the testimony of the two stuntmen whom jurors said they found unreliable.

Blake now faces a civil suit, filed by Bakley's family.

19/03/2005 02:28