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Screening for jurors starts in Blake trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Blake and his lawyer were not present, but the former "Baretta" star was on everyone's mind as prospective jurors were screened for a panel that will decide whether the actor murdered his wife.

Many of the panelists sighed and shook their heads when it was announced that the group was called for the high-profile Blake trial, which could last five months.

Judge Darlene Schempp has said she wants a pool of 150 to 200 prescreened jurors ready to be quizzed Nov. 15 when lawyers take over. That could involve the screening of as many as 1,800 prospective jurors during three weeks.