$30 Million Wrongful-Death Judgment Against Robert Blake Cut


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An appeals court has affirmed a jury's decision holding Robert Blake liable for damages in his wife's death.

But the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday cut the $30 million damage award in half.

A criminal court jury acquitted Blake of murder in 2005. Bonny Lee Bakley's family pursued a wrongful-death lawsuit and in November 2005 Blake was found civilly liable for his wife's death.

Bakley was sitting in Blake's car in May 2001 when she was shot outside a restaurant where the two had just dined. The actor told police he left her alone to return to the restaurant to retrieve a gun he carried for protection and accidentally left behind.

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