A good friend of a lady who was killed in her Benedict Canyon house in 2000, allegedly by Robert Durst, reiterated Wednesday that she stays scared of the New York actual property inheritor and has been ever since studying concerning the dismemberment killing of considered one of his neighbors in Texas.
Miriam Barnes stated she has been “nervous and frightened” because the day prosecutors contacted her about testifying towards Durst as he’s tried for the December 2000 killing of Susan Berman.
On the stand Tuesday, Barnes stated Berman as soon as informed her, “If something ever occurs to me, Bobby did it.”
Barnes first went public together with her connection to Berman in an article within the New York Occasions, for which she agreed to be interviewed on the behest of a good friend. Barnes stated Tuesday that the reporter advised her Durst was “very unwell” on the time, and she or he believed he won’t survive.
“It’s a horrible factor to say however I hoped that I might by no means have to return to this (courtroom) as a result of he can be lifeless,” Barnes testified Tuesday.
In courtroom Wednesday, Deputy District Lawyer Habib Balian learn Barnes a portion of an earlier interview with prosecutors through which she stated she was “petrified” of Durst, notably after studying concerning the 2001 dismemberment killing of Morris Black, who was a neighbor of Durst’s in Texas. Durst was tried for the killing, however acquitted.
Barnes confirmed the statements she made within the interview with prosecutors, saying she stays frightened of Durst, who confirmed no response in courtroom.
Underneath cross-examination by Durst lawyer Chip Lewis, Barnes stated that at Berman’s funeral, a few of her relations and pals had “come to the supposition” that she had been killed by her boyfriend.
Barnes was the newest witness referred to as to testify early within the pending case towards Durst, in case they don’t seem to be obtainable to seem at a preliminary listening to or trial.
The prosecution has raised considerations that some witnesses may be killed earlier than they might testify.
Protection attorneys have objected to the concept their seventy four-yr-previous shopper — who was in a wheelchair however is now up and strolling — might be a menace to anybody, notably since allegations of wrongdoing towards him recommend he has all the time acted alone.
Prosecutors contend Durst killed Berman as a result of authorities in New York’s Westchester County have been about to interview her as a part of a reopened investigation into the 1982 disappearance of his spouse, Kathleen “Kathie” Durst, who’s presumed lifeless.
The homicide cost consists of the particular circumstance allegation of homicide of a witness and homicide whereas mendacity in wait, together with gun use allegations. Nevertheless, the District Lawyer’s Workplace doesn’t plan to hunt the demise penalty.
Durst has denied any involvement in Berman’s killing.
Prosecutors on Wednesday afternoon plan to name one other so-referred to as “thriller” witness, whose identify has not been revealed prematurely over considerations concerning the individual’s…