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Robert Blake's Barbara Walters interview to be admitted at murder trial

UPI News Service, 12/16/2004 

A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that portions of Robert Blake's TV interview with Barbara Walters will be admissible at his trial on the death of his wife.

In the interview, Blake said his relationship with his wife was fine at the time she was shot to death, KABC-TV, Los Angeles reports.

Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels argued Blake lied to Walters in hopes of influencing potential jurors.

Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp also will allow Blake attorney Gerald Schwartzbach to provide context for the statements, including the actor's psychiatric condition, whether he was on medication and the conditions of his confinement.

The 71-year-old star of the 1970s TV series "Baretta" is accused of murder for the May 4, 2001, shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, near a restaurant where the two had just eaten.

Opening statements are set for Monday.

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