LATEST: Actor Robert Blake was "totally paranoid" about keeping his daughter away from his wife, his murder trial in Los Angeles heard yesterday (19JAN05).

Prosecution witness ROBERTO RENZI told the court Blake, 71, tried to give his spouse $250,000 (GBP133,000) to walk away from his life, but Bakley refused to take the money.

Renzi said, "He was totally obsessed with love for that child. He was totally paranoid about her coming in contact with the child because of her past."

The witness added that Bakley originally thought Marlon Brando's son CHRISTIAN was the child's father before a DNA test proved Blake was the father.

Renzi said Blake swiftly married Bonny Lee Bakley when he found out she was pregnant with his child and that Bakley only agreed because she was fascinated with celebrity.

He said, "Her game was not about the child, it was about being in that circle, being married to a movie star."

Blake stands accused of killing his wife outside Vitello's restaurant in Studio City, Los Angeles, in 2001.

20/01/2005 17:44