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Robert Blake

Murder Restaurant Selling

Actor's Favorite Booth

7/29/2012 2:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bad news if you've ever wanted to sit in the booth where ex-murder suspect Robert Blake ate with his wife ... shortly before she was shot to death outside Vitello's Restaurant in L.A. -- TMZ has learned, it's being sold at auction.

The legendary Vitello's has undergone a complete facelift in recent months -- and a rep tells TMZ, the owners now only want "positive energy" to be part of the new restaurant.

As a result, Vitello's is selling off anything that might give off bad vibes -- including the booth where Blake and his wife ate the fateful night she was shot and killed outside the restaurant back in 2001

The auction will take place on eBay August 1st -- but don't expect to get the booth for cheap ... we're told bidding will start at $1,000.

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It's a great piece of Hollywood history -- Blake and his deceased wife Bonny Lee Bakley ate in the same booth several times before the infamous murder.

In fact, the table played a KEY ROLE in Blake's alibi -- he told police he couldn't have shot his wife because he was inside the restaurant at the time retrieving a gun he left on the table.

Blake was famously tried and acquitted of the murder in 2005. He was subsequently found guilty of wrongful death in a civil suit, but maintains his innocence to this day.

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billyk    

What an absolutely DISGUSTING place! Are the owners that desperate for attention to their bland restaurant that they subject themselves to moral degradation? Imagine if that was your mother, youre going to sell her chair the night she was murdered... I hope this business suffers the same demise and fails.

723 days ago
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sparrow    

For all you people still arguing over this.. I’m gonna tell you something – Blake was set up. One of the stuntmen said it himself – “I guess I set up that SOB a little too good.” It’s too bad he didn’t say it in open court. The case would have been dropped then and there.

722 days ago
18.

Namor    

Cool!!

722 days ago
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sparrow    

I'd like to add (if anyone is still reading these, that is..) that a person is not CONVICTED in a wrongful death suit, they are FOUND LIABLE. Harvey, being a lawyer, could have told you the correct terminology to use.

721 days ago
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