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Defense grills lead detective in Robert Blake murder case
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LOS ANGELES The California police detective who oversaw the Robert Blake murder investigation says he didn't order gunshot residue tests on the booth where Blake claimed to have left his gun.

Blake is charged with killing his wife. And the gun, while not the one used in the slaying, is central to his defense.

Blake says after leaving the restaurant, he realized he had accidentally left the gun behind and went to retrieve it. He says by the time he got back to his car, his wife had been fatally shot.

Yesterday, the police detective said it never occurred to him to ask for tests of the booth.

The defense is trying to portray the police investigation as flawed and geared to only implicate Blake as a suspect.

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