The real estate heir is charged with the first-degree murder of his close friend Susan Berman, in 2000
Robert Durst – the multimillionaire real estate heir and subject of the HBO crime documentary “The Jinx” who is accused of killing his close friend, Susan Berman, in 2000 – will take the witness stand in his defense Wednesday. The testimony will be streamed live on CourtTV.com.
When the trial continues Wednesday, attorneys will question defense memory expert Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, with Durst expected to be the next witness. His testimony could last several days, and Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney John Lewin is expected to cross-examine the real estate tycoon.
Durst has pled not guilty to the first-degree murder charge.
Berman was murdered in her Beverly Hills home, hours before she was to going to talk to investigators about the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst in 1982. Durst was a suspect in the investigation and prosecutors allege that he had confided in Berman that he had killed Kathleen, and that she helped him cover it up.
This case has garnered more attention, as Durst is the subject of the HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” In the last scene – not realizing that his mic was still on – Durst was recorded saying, “There it is. You’re caught… What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
This trial was suspended in March 2020, just a few days into the witness testimony, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled to continue in July, but was postponed again until 2021.
This trial also marks the second time that Durst has stood trial for murder, as he was acquitted of the murder and dismemberment of neighbor Morris Blake in Galveston, Texas in 2003, claiming that it was in self-defense.
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