LOS ANGELES -- Actor Robert Blake added a second top criminal defense lawyer to his legal team Tuesday even though he has not been charged in the unsolved killing of his wife.
Barry Levin, a former Los Angeles police sergeant who often represents police officers in court, joins prominent attorney Harland Braun who went to work for Blake within hours after Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death May 4.
Braun and Levin teamed up late last year to represent two of four police officers charged with corruption in the city's Rampart police scandal.
Levin toured the scene of the crime Tuesday, surveying the area near a Studio City restaurant where Blake and his wife dined just before the shooting.
He also stepped inside a construction site where a gun reportedly was found in a trash bin. Police have refused to comment on the gun report but a trash hauler has described seeing detectives remove a gun from the bin.
Asked why a man who has not been charged with anything would want to hire two powerful attorneys, Levin said, "He's very smart."
"When you're the focus of an investigation, your instincts are all wrong and you need someone to advise you," he said. "It's an educational process."
He said his job will be to gather as much information as possible and make sure that police do a thorough investigation. He suggested that clues to the identity of the killer may lie in Bakley's past.
The 45-year-old woman had a criminal record for possession of false identification and she was known to have run a mail order business, soliciting lonely men to send her money.
On Monday, Braun released 90 minutes of audio tape recordings found among her possessions. They showed that Bakley had taped her phone conversations with a friend discussing whether it would be more financially lucrative to claim that her baby was fathered by Blake or by another of her boyfriends, Christian Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando.
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