In an unexpected move Thursday, a Los Angeles courtroom adjourned New York actual property tycoon Robert Durst’s murder trial earlier than he was anticipated to present his personal testimony.
There was no instant clarification as to why the trial in the murder of Durst’s greatest pal, Susan Berman, ended early after the courtroom heard from testimony from false reminiscence knowledgeable Elizabeth Loft. The case will resume on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
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Durst, 78, is charged with killing Berman, who was shot in the again of the pinnacle in her Los Angeles dwelling in December 2000.
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Durst was additionally charged with killing his Galveston, Texas neighbor Morris Black whereas in hiding there after Berman’s killing. During his 2003 murder trial, he mentioned Black was unintentionally killed in a wrestle after getting into Durst’s house with a gun. He admitted to dismembering and disposing of Black’s physique. The jury acquitted him of murder.
It took almost 15 years for police to arrest the New York actual property inheritor in Berman’s killing and one other 5 to convey him to trial, which was additional delayed during the last yr on account of COVID-19.
There can be hypothesis that Durst could also be concerned in the 1982 disappearance of his spouse, Kathleen “Kathie” Durst, who was 29 at the time, although he has by no means been formally charged in connection to her dying. Authorities declared Kathie Durst lifeless in 2017.
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Durst has pleaded not responsible to murdering Berman. Prosecutors say he tried to silence Berman earlier than she may inform police she helped him cowl up the killing of his spouse in 1982.
The murder trial involving Susan Berman is ongoing in California, and New York just lately reopened its investigation into Kathie Durst’s disappearance.
Fox News’ Laura Prabucki contributed to this report, in addition to The Associated Press.