3. Robert Blake
Actor Robert Blake was tried and acquitted for the alleged 2001 murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, after she was shot outside of a Southern California eatery. Blake had a gun with him at the restaurant, but forensic evidence showed that Blake’s gun was not the same gun that killed his wife.
A year later, in April of 2002, Blake was arrested and charged in connection with the murder of his wife along with his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell. Subsequently, Blake was charged with one count of murder with special circumstances, two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of murder conspiracy–all of which he pleaded not guilty to.
Blake was eventually acquitted in 2005, although later that year, Bakley’s children sued and won for the wrongful death of their mother.