LATEST: Troubled actor Robert Blake's fate is in the hands ofjurors after
closing arguments in his murder trial wrapped yesterday (04MAR05).
Blake's attorney M GERALD SCHWARTZBACH spent much of Thursday (03MAR05)
and yesterday morning insisting his client was innocent of charges he shot and
killed his wife Bonny Lee Bakley.
Schwartzbach told the jury in the case that the authorities "mishandled
evidence" and then tried to cover it up, adding that gunshot resin tests had
been carried out in violation of Los Angeles police policy, and proved to be
Schwartzbach added, "We know that they (police) convicted Mr Blake on the
night of the murder. They didn't arrest him for 11 months.
Deputy District Attorney SHELLIE SAMUELS was allowed a brief rebuttal
before the case was handed over to the jury on Friday afternoon (04MAR05) for