Blake’s Brother-in-Law Faces New Theft Charges

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The brother of Robert Blake’s slain wife has been charged with grand theft and identity theft, delaying his extradition to Florida.

Joseph E. Bakley, 36, pleaded innocent to the charges Friday in Superior Court and was ordered held without bail. The counts apparently stem from his years of living in San Diego under several aliases.

Bakley was wanted by the Florida Department of Corrections for a parole violation stemming from a 1992 conviction for cocaine possession and grand theft auto.

He was arrested by members of a fugitive task force last week after he appeared on national television discussing the high-profile killing of his sister, Bonny Lee Bakley. He waived his right to extradition.


Blake has pleaded innocent to charges that he shot his wife to death May 4, 2001, near a Studio City restaurant.