THE CRIME: Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death May 4, 2001, while Blake had gone to retrieve a gun from the restaurant where they had just dined.

THE ARREST: Blake was arrested almost a year after the slaying in a case prosecutors say is entirely circumstantial. Two former stuntmen who had worked with him said he tried to hire them to kill his wife.

THE TRIAL: After months of delays _ Blake changed lawyers three times _ opening arguments are set to begin Monday. The trial could take four months.