Robert Blake, who’s been in Los Angeles’s Men’s Central Jail since his April arrest on charges of murdering wife Bonny Lee Bakley in May 2001, refused to meet Tuesday with a lawyer representing Bakley’s four children, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officials.
The lawyer, Eric Dubin, had been scheduled to depose the ex-“Baretta” star, 69, asking questions under oath about Bakely’s death, Reuters reports. Dubin said Blake’s attorneys had previously agreed to the session.
“We had a properly noticed deposition and I had verbal and written confirmation,” Dubin said Tuesday. “But Mr. Blake told the deputies this morning that he didn’t want to be deposed.”
Dubin went on to say that he would ask a judge to order Blake to attend a deposition. The actor, who entered pleas of not guilty to all charges against him in the case, could refuse to answer questions by taking the Fifth and enforcing his right against self-incrimination under the U.S. Constitution, however.
“We were here today in good faith. We’ll be back in good faith,” Dubin said. “He can run, but he can’t hide.”
Bakley was shot to death as she sat in Blake’s car behind Vitello’s restaurant in suburban Studio City, Calif., where the couple had just dined.
She and Blake had a daughter, Rose Lenore Sophia Blake, now 2 and part of the wrongful death suit against her father. The other plaintiffs are Jeri Lee Lewis, 7 (Bakley once claimed the girl was fathered by rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis), and her two adult children from a previous marriage, Glenn Paul Gawron and Holly Lee Gawron.
Blake’s civil attorneys have called the lawsuit a “garden variety wrongful death complaint” motivated by money and not justice, says Reuters.