06/11/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT
As he laid his wife, Bonny Bakley, to rest, Robert Blake couldn't have sounded more anguished over her murder. "I will do everything I can to make our daughter Rosie's life the best I can," Blake, 67, told the 17 mourners who had gathered graveside at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills on May 25. "I know that's what Bonny would want. I promise, I promise you that, Bonny."
But to Bakley's family, none of whom attended the ceremony, Blake's emotion was suspect. In an interview with FOX News, Margerry Bakley explained her absence by flatly accusing Blake of killing her 44-year-old sister, who was shot in the head on May 4 after having dinner with the actor at a local Italian restaurant. "She believed her life was in danger and he was going to shoot her," said Margerry. "I think he enjoyed doing it himself."
In fact, Los Angeles police investigators have yet to name any suspects, though they have pointedly not ruled out Blake. About the only public development in the case came on May 15, when the Los Angeles Times quoted a truck driver who had removed a Dumpster from the murder scene as saying the police had retrieved a gun and a pair of gloves from the container. (Investigators refused to confirm or deny that report.) For his part, Blake has been keeping a low profile, caring for 1-year-old Rose and awaiting the next turn in what has become a deepening mystery.