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Bakley Case a 'Whodunit'

Friday, 18 May 2001 12:00 AM

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Parks said police still have not identified a suspect and have not ruled out any possible suspects in the May 4 shooting death of Bonny Lee Bakley.

"It's a homicide that at least at this time has very few clues," said Parks in a radio interview. "It's going to require an extensive amount of investigation."

Parks also criticized media coverage of the case, which has included extensive use of negative information about Bakley provided by Blake's lawyer, Harland Braun.

Parks said news reports have served "to really desecrate the memory" of Bakley.

"Whatever her character is," said Parks, "she did not deserve to be a homicide victim."

Beginning on the night she was killed, Braun has made a series of public pronouncements about Bakley's past -- portraying her as a conniving woman who tried to trick lonely men out of their money and sought fame by becoming intimate with famous men.

Braun said he has proof that Bakley targeted Oscar-nominated actor Gary Busey for an unidentified scam in the weeks before she died. He said Bakley tried to contact Busey through his mother, but did not succeed.

"She had a list of people she was going to go after, and (Busey's) name was down for March 30, 2001," Braun said.

A bodyguard for Blake, Earle Caulfield, reportedly told police that he suspects Bakley tried to arrange for someone to kill Blake, and may have a victim of her own plot.

"If Blake was killed, she would get $13,000 a month in child support," Braun said. "Caulfield's theory is that she hired someone to kill Blake and the guys thought she was so unstable that they killed her instead and kept the money."

Bakley was shot and killed as she sat in the couple's parked car near a restaurant where they had just eaten dinner. Blake said he had gone back into the restaurant to retrieve a gun he left inside, and when he got back to the car he found her shot and fighting for her life.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office released Bakley's body to the Los Angeles mortuary.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Blake had to cancel a private memorial service for Bakley on Wednesday night. Braun said the funeral director couldn't get the body into the building because there were too many reporters and photographers outside.

The body was reportedly scheduled to be shipped to New Jersey on Thursday.

Bakley married Blake after she gave birth to a baby girl, Rose Lenore Sophia, and DNA tests revealed that Blake was the father.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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