Barbara Walters snagged the first interview with actor Robert Blake since his acquittal on murder charges last week.
Walters, also interviewed Blake in 2003, is doinng live interview with the “Baretta” star Tuesday, March 22 on “Good Morning America.” The interview will be Blake’s first sit-down with an interviewer since a jury found him innocent last week in the 2001 murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
Blake has spokent to members of the press outside the courthouse after his acquittal. He told reporters that he “never lost hope” and felt “blessed” to be able to leave the courtroom a free man.
Bakley, 44, was killed on May 4, 2001, as she sat in the passenger seat of Blake’s car outside a Los Angeles restaurant where the couple had just eaten. Blake has said he left her in the car and returned to the restaurant to get a handgun he’d left behind, then came back to the car to find her dead of a gunshot wound.
A year-long investigation resulted in prosecutors charging Blake with murder and two counts of solicitation of murder. They claimi he tried to hire people to kill Bakley. The jury acquitted him of the murder charge and one of the solicitation counts but did not reach a unanimous verdict on the second solicitation charge. Judge Darlene Schempp dismissed the latter charge.