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How did The Memphis Flyer figure in the Robert Blake trial?

Last month, Molly Zanone, marketing director for Contemporary Media, the parent company of the Flyer, was called as a defense witness in the Baretta star's trial. Robert Blake is accused of killing his wife of six months, former Memphian Bonny Lee Bakley. The jury began deliberations last week.

In a case that has several Memphis connections, Zanone testified for "about 60 seconds" that the Flyer did not have free distribution in Little Rock, Arkansas, during November or December 2000 (we never have had, by the way). Bakley was fatally shot May 4, 2001.

"At the time, and this is all anecdotal from the private investigator, there was a Flyer found in a car parked at the Little Rock airport," says Zanone. "The paper was in or around some box that was important to the case."

She never learned in whose car the Flyer was found, or what connection the box might have had with the case. The defense initially seemed to be trying to prove that any number of people might have had a motive to kill Bakley.

"I assume they were trying to prove the person had to have been in Memphis," Zanone says.

In additional testimony and closing arguments last week, the defense focused on discrediting two stuntmen who said Blake had tried to hire them to kill Bakley.

When she first got the call to testify, Zanone says she thought, "This is bizarre. I went to [the publisher] and he said, 'You have to testify or they'll subpoena you.'" n

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