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One of Robert Blake's homes sold, second on market LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Blake has sold the home he called ‘‘Mata Hari Ranch'' and is also trying to sell a suburban spread where his adult daughter has been living with his 2-year-old daughter, Rosie.

July 28, 2002

Rosie's mother, Bonny Lee Bakley, was shot to death May 4, 2001, outside a Studio City restaurant. Blake, 68, was arrested April 18 and charged with her murder. Blake has said he's innocent.

The rambling ranch house in a gated community in the Hidden Hills area is on the market for $1.95 million. Blake's lawyer, Harland Braun, said Friday there is an offer from a potential buyer.

‘‘It's a huge house, and it's much too big for the two of them,'' Braun said of Delinah Blake and her half sister.

On Thursday, a court granted Delinah Blake permanent custody of the toddler.

‘‘There is also a privacy issue,'' said Braun who noted that news helicopters often buzz the house and news trucks and photographers stake out the property.


Braun is seeking Blake's release on bail while his murder case is pending. So far, the trial judge and an appeals court have turned him down, but Braun said he will take the matter to the California Supreme Court.

Should Blake be released, Braun said, he would live apart from his two daughters to avoid constant distractions in their lives from the media.

‘‘It's been an incredible disruption in Delinah's life,'' Braun said.

‘‘She's a 35-year-old woman and now she's suddenly a mother. She's also trying to finish her Ph.D. in child development. So it would be better for them to live in separate houses with Robert visiting Rosie regularly.''

Blake first disclosed last year — before his arrest — that he intended to sell ‘‘Mata Hari Ranch,'' saying the compound he had shared with Bakley at the time she was killed had become too much of a ghoulish attraction for him to stay there.

The 5,000-square-foot residence has seven bedrooms and six baths and is located a few miles away from the restaurant where Bakley shot. Bakley had been living in a guest house on the back of the property.

Blake, 68, now occupies a cell at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail.

The trial judge, Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash, has refused to rule on the bail issue until after a preliminary hearing discloses what evidence prosecutors have.

The next court hearing is Aug. 27.

AP-WS-07-26-02 2009EDT

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