Police: Weapons Found at Blake's House

updated 10/24/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/2002 11:00AM

Two guns have been found in a barn behind the home of Robert Blake, according to a police search warrant affidavit.

The discovery was made, says the report, last Friday by a man who was removing gym equipment, according to the Associated Press. One of the weapons was inside a wooden box behind a stereo cabinet that was suspended about seven feet above the floor.

The man, whose name has not been reported, "looked into the box and saw a blue steel gun in a holster," according to the search warrant. "He also saw a knit hat and a garment that he thought might be a pair of gloves. (The man) immediately became nervous and called LAPD," the affidavit states.

Blake, 69, stands accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, on May 4, 2001, after dining at an Italian restaurant near their Studio City, Calif., home. Bakley was sitting inside the actor's car when she was shot.

The former "Baretta" star remains in a downtown L.A. jail, booked on charges of murder, conspiracy, solicitation to murder and the special circumstance of lying in wait. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has a request pending in the California Supreme Court that he be granted bail and freed until his trial.

Blake's attorney, Harland Braun, told AP that the defense team had knowledge of the weapons at Blake's house.

"The two guns involved here are registered to Robert Blake and we offered to give those to the police over a year ago," Braun said.

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