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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 September, 2004, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Blake lawyer 'has new evidence'
Robert Blake
Robert Blake turns 71 on Saturday
A lawyer in the Robert Blake murder trial says he will try to persuade a judge to allow evidence linking someone else to the killing of Blake's wife.

M. Gerald Schwartzbach told a court he had more evidence to support claims she was shot by a man with alleged ties to Christian Brando - Marlon Brando's son.

Mr Blake, 71, has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot in Los Angeles in May 2001.

His trial, which was due to start on 9 September, is postponed for two months.

Romantically involved

Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp told Schwartzbach she would consider the evidence at a hearing on 14 October.

The judge has already rejected a previous attempt to introduce the evidence.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in November.

Christian Brando was romantically involved with Bakley, who initially said her baby girl was his child, before she married Mr Blake, the child's real father.

They married just months before she was shot on 4 May 2001 while sitting in a car outside a restaurant where she and Mr Blake had been dining.

Close range

Mr Blake was arrested a year after her death.

He has said she was shot while waiting for him to return from picking up a gun he had left at their table.

Mr Blake said he then returned to the car to find her dead in the passenger seat, apparently shot at close range.

The actor is a former child star who went on to appear in 1970s US police television drama Baretta.

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