Robert Blake Acquitted Of Murder

03-16-05 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles jury has acquitted Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death of his wife four years ago. Jurors also acquitted Blake of one charge that the actor solicited murder.

The jury voted 11-to-1 in favor of acquittal on a second solicitation charge, and the judge dismissed that count.

The jury of seven men and five women delivered the verdicts on its ninth day of deliberations.

Blake dropped his head as the verdict was read and then appeared to shake with tears. He had been charged with murder, two counts of
solicitation of murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait.

The murder charge and special circumstance enhancement could have carried a sentence of life in prison.