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March 25, 1998 12:00 AM

Police investigating the May 4 murder of actor Robert Blake’s wife have in all probability found the murder weapon, pointing to a hit man as the likely culprit, Blake’s lawyer, Harland Braun, told Reuters on Monday. Bonny Lee Bakley, 45, was shot in the couple’s car while Blake was in a restaurant, the actor said. The attorney had no confirmation from police on an ABC News report that investigators had discovered the murder weapon — a rare German Walther PPK pistol — in a dumpster less than two blocks from the crime scene. But he did say that the Walther PPK was probably used by a hit man in the killing. “I thought (the police) had a gun because they seemed to lose interest at some point in the other guns (in Blake’s collection),” said Braun. LAPD declined comment on the ABC report. At a Monday news conference, police spokesman Comdr. Garrett Zimmo said no arrests were imminent and “no single person” had been identified as the lead suspect. NBC News, calling the LAPD “tightlipped,” did report on Tuesday morning that a police spokesman said that Blake, 67, has not been ruled out as a suspect.

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