A retired New York murder detective testified Tuesday that a neighbor of Kathie Durst, the presumed-lifeless first spouse of actual property inheritor and admitted killer Robert Durst, advised him the lady fled the couple’s Manhattan penthouse one night time in 1982 claiming her husband had crushed her and she or he was afraid he may kill her.
Robert Durst has been on the middle of numerous homicide probes by means of the years after the disappearance of that first spouse.
The present courtroom proceedings are to find out whether or not there’s adequate proof to attempt him for the alleged homicide of a good friend who might have had details about the primary spouse’s dying. Durst additionally was tried in Texas for the 2003 homicide of a neighbor. He was acquitted by a jury, regardless that he admitted the killing and stated he chopped up the physique and threw the items into Galveston Bay.
An HBO particular on TV concerning the multi-millionaire confirmed Durst saying to himself that he “killed all of them, in fact.” He apparently didn’t understand the microphone he was sporting on the time was “reside.”
Within the Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, the detective, seventy seven-yr-previous James Varian, learn aloud from stories he wrote whereas interviewing neighbors at 37 Riverside Drive in 1982, telling the courtroom he couldn’t recall particulars from that point.
Neighbors Anne and Kevin Doyle advised Varian that Kathie Durst would typically go to them simply to “have somebody to take a seat and speak to.”
However one night time, she walked round a standard terrace in her pajamas and got here knocking on the couple’s bed room window, telling Anne Doyle that “Bob had beat her and that he needed to kill her. She additional said that he had a gun and (she) was afraid of being shot,” Varian testified.
After calming her down, Kevin Doyle went subsequent door to speak to Robert Durst, in line with the detective.
“He didn’t admit to beating her,” Varian stated.
Varian is one in every of quite a few witnesses testifying previous to a preliminary listening to to find out if there’s enough proof for Durst to face trial for the 2000 killing of his pal Susan Berman in Benedict Canyon. The witnesses have been delivered to courtroom early within the occasion they don’t seem to be out there at a later date.
The prosecution has raised considerations that some witnesses is perhaps killed earlier than they might testify.
Protection attorneys have objected to the concept their seventy four-yr-previous shopper, who’s in a wheelchair, could possibly 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 Kathie Durst.
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 dying penalty.
Durst has denied any…