A panel of nine men and three women is hearing evidence against Phil Spector in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. They include a journalist once assigned to the case, the estranged wife of a convicted murderer, a civil engineer working on his PhD and a Broadway actor-turned-film executive. The average age of the panel is 48, about two decades younger than the defendant.
Robert Blake may be the star of his own murder trial, but a prosecutor began her closing arguments Wednesday by giving credit to the peripheral characters who testified during the 10-week trial -- the colorful and often troubled witnesses whose testimony against the actor may greatly influence the jurors' final decision about how Blake's biggest role will end.
Once, just this once, I will forgo an analysis of facts supporting guilt or innocence in a high-profile murder trial, this time California v. Robert Blake. Guilt or innocence aside, the case has already morphed from a single murder count into a double murder. Bonny Lee Bakley was murdered and buried along with another victim, her reputation.
Prosecutors in the murder trial of Robert Blake allege that the defendant's behavior on the night his wife was slain -- including evidence that he vomited before and after Bonny Lee Bakley's death -- point to the actor's guilt.
This week in America's courtrooms we have seen tragedy all around. I'm not referring to Michael Jackson's flulike symptoms that brought jury selection to a halt or to Robert Blake's crying jag in front of the jury.
About three weeks before Robert Blake's wife was killed, the actor's housekeeper noticed a man sitting in a strange car across the street, a "curious" sighting, she thought, because it was the second time in two weeks.
Robert Blake may have been suspect No. 1 in his wife's murder, but that didn't stop the lead investigator from considering hundreds of other potential clues, the detective testified on the stand Thursday in the "Baretta" star's murder trial.
When Robert Blake's wife was slain, detectives searching her living quarters found foot lockers crammed with letters from "customers" of her mail-order sex scam but decided not to investigate most of them, the lead detective on the case testified.
Bonny Lee Bakley was so determined to marry a celebrity, a witness testified Tuesday in Robert Blake's murder trial, that seven months before her shooting death, she signed a temporary custody agreement with Blake that her attorney warned her was a "set up for disaster."
Jurors saw graphic photos of dried vomit and the bloody car seat where Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death during a meticulous cross-examination Tuesday of a forensics expert in actor Robert Blake's murder trial.
A waitress who had served Blake "hundreds of times" at Vitello's Italian restaurant testified Wednesday that the actor's appearance changed so drastically in the minutes after his wife was killed that she thought he was the one who needed an ambulance.
A physician testified in late December in the murder trial of actor Robert Blake that he heard and watched the actor crying out for assistance on the night his wife was shot to death, but he did not offer aid because he feared for his safety and did not perceive the actor's pleas to be genuine.
Robert Blake's lawyer said Thursday he hopes to go forward with his client's murder trial despite the theft of a computer that contained what a court representative described as "the heart and soul of the defense case."
Actor Robert Blake's murder trial came to a screeching halt Thursday when the presiding judge agreed to release Blake's second lead attorney, who cited unspecified "irreconcilable differences" between him and his famous client.
Robert Blake's lawyers say jurors should learn all about the wife he is charged with killing, theÂ two men who say he tried to hire them to do it, and a failed effort by police to prove that motor oil was used to obliterate fingerprints on the murder weapon.