New York Metropolis actual property inheritor Robert Durst testified Wednesday in regards to the final night time he noticed his spouse Kathie earlier than she went lacking in 1982, taking the stand in a homicide trial over the 2000 demise of his finest buddy Susan Berman.
He additionally admitted that he modified the story about when and the place he final noticed his spouse.
“Did I really see Kathie stroll by means of the doorways and onto the prepare? The reply isn’t any,” he stated. “However there isn’t a place else to go.”
The 78-year-old defendant was featured within the HBO docuseries, “The Jinx,” which seemed into three deaths of individuals near him – Kathie Durst, Berman and his former Texas neighbor, of whose killing he was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. He was charged in reference to the taking pictures demise of Berman after the stunning sequence finale.
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Berman was shot behind the top from shut vary in her Los Angeles dwelling in 2000, and prosecutors allege she was killed in an effort to silence her earlier than she may give police details about Kathie Durst’s disappearance at 29 years outdated.
Durst testified that the weekend of her disappearance in 1982, he and his spouse went to their home in South Salem, N.Y., late Friday night time. After a weekend of partying, he stated Kathie Durst wished to drive again to their place in Manhattan and that he satisfied her to take a prepare.
After driving her to the station in Katonah, he stated, he by no means noticed her once more.
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However he gave investigators conflicting tales, admitting to creating up a lie about later having a drink with the mayor and talking with Kathie Durst in New York Metropolis days after he claimed to have dropped her off on the prepare station.
“That was a lie,” he stated Wednesday. “I wished to persuade him [the detective] that Kathie had gotten again.”
He stated Kathie Durst was attending med faculty on the time and it wasn’t unusual for them to go days with out seeing each other, and that he didn’t name relations or police till the Thursday after she went lacking.
Nonetheless, her med faculty left him messages reporting she hadn’t attended clinics on Monday and Tuesday of that week.
He stated he figured she was out partying and blowing off steam.
“It by no means dawned on me and something may occur to her,” he testified. “It was extra like what had Kathie executed to Kathie.”
Protection lawyer Dick DeGuerin requested him what he meant by that.
“What do you imply your concern was?” he requested.
“The cocaine and the alcohol,” Durst replied. “…I used to be nonetheless not imagining that one thing may occur to Kathie. I used to be not imagining how the final time I’d see her was when she stepped out onto the prepare, I used to be imagining that she was out someplace having enjoyable, with Gilberta or different buddies.”
That Friday, he stated he informed his father and brothers he was going to file a lacking individual report, however claimed they thought it was a nasty thought as a result of it could generate unfavorable headlines about them. On the time, the Dursts have been accused of internet hosting brothels of their motels.
“Dad stated he may see the headline within the New York Put up: ‘Porn King Durst daughter-in-law gone lacking,’” he stated.
He additionally claimed his spouse had been fabricating allegations of abuse in opposition to him within the perception that she would get extra money in the event that they acquired divorced.
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Robert Durst has pleaded not responsible to homicide in Berman’s demise.
With Durst on the witness stand, DeGuerin requested him if he killed Berman or if he knew who did. He answered “no” to each.
Earlier within the day, Durst testified that he had seen her partying laborious with cocaine and alcohol.
Fox Information’ Laura Prabucki and Audrey Conklin and the Related Press contributed to this report.