INGLEWOOD — The justice successful Robert Durst’s execution proceedings said connected Wednesday, Aug. 25, that helium wants the pb authoritative to wrapper up his questioning of the existent property scion, who during 10 days connected the basal has repeatedly denied that helium killed a longtime person successful her Benedict Canyon location 2 decades ago.
Superior Court Judge Mark Windham noted that Durst spent 24 hours being questioned by pb defence lawyer Dick DeGuerin and that Deputy District Attorney John Lewin volition person spent 38 hours cross-examining the 78-year-old suspect erstwhile grounds wraps up for the week connected Thursday afternoon.
“So, I would deliberation the pursuing is true. First of all, the defendant’s grounds was not credible,” the justice told attorneys aft jurors near tribunal for the day. “Secondly, connected time one, it appeared that you truly efficaciously destroyed immoderate imaginable credibility of this witnesser … At immoderate point, there’s a limit. It doesn’t look there’s immoderate further purpose. It seems further questioning would beryllium an undue depletion of time.”
The justice — who said he’s been getting notes from jurors — warned the authoritative that helium wanted him to decorativeness his cross-examination by the extremity of the time Thursday, erstwhile Durst is acceptable to resume his testimony.
“I cannot decorativeness tomorrow, your honor, due to the fact that successful the extremity I’ve got to bash a competent occupation going done this information,” Lewin responded, noting that helium had capable questions to spell done the extremity of adjacent week.
The lawman territory lawyer asked the justice to let him to wrapper up his questioning by Tuesday, past moved that up a time to Monday.
The justice said helium would not foreclose further clip arsenic needed if “there is thing that necessitates” it, and said he’ll see the contented again astatine the extremity of the time Thursday.
Durst is connected proceedings for the sidesplitting of his longtime confidante, Susan Berman, who was recovered changeable to decease conscionable earlier Christmas Eve 2000.
In grounds Wednesday, the suspect said helium initially thought the 55-year-old writer had fainted erstwhile helium saw her connected the level of her bedroom. Durst said helium lifted her up by her arms and past dropped her aft realizing determination was a puddle of liquid astir her head.
He said helium had nary thought however agelong she had been dormant and unsuccessfully tried to usage 1 of her land-line telephones to telephone 911, but recovered it to beryllium inoperable.
Durst testified earlier that helium sent an anonymous “cadaver” enactment to constabulary notifying astir them astir the assemblage aft driving to a wage telephone to marque a 911 telephone and realizing that his dependable would beryllium recognized adjacent if helium gave a fake name.
In an updated opening connection erstwhile the proceedings resumed successful May aft being stalled for much than a twelvemonth due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewin told jurors that the grounds would amusement Durst changeable and killed Berman “out of survival” due to the fact that helium feared she would archer authorities astir his engagement successful the disappearance of his archetypal wife.
The authoritative called the cases of Kathie Durst and Susan Berman “interrelated,” and told jurors they would perceive grounds that Durst killed his spouse and utilized Berman to assistance screen up his portion successful the crime, and that helium subsequently had to termination his neighbour successful Galveston, Texas, successful 2001, due to the fact that Morris Black figured retired who Durst was and was putting unit connected him. Durst was acquitted successful Texas of Black’s murder.
Durst’s pb lawyer countered that his lawsuit showed up astatine Berman’s location and “panicked” aft uncovering her dead.
“Bob Durst did not termination Susan Berman and helium does not cognize who did,” DeGuerin said successful May.
DeGuerin disputed the prosecution’s contention that Berman made a telephone telephone posing arsenic Kathie Durst aft she disappeared, and called Berman a “storyteller” who had a “great imagination” and “made things up.”
Durst has been down bars since March 14, 2015, erstwhile helium was taken into custody successful a New Orleans edifice country hours earlier the airing of the last occurrence of the six-part HBO series, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which examined Kathie Durst’s disappearance and the killings of Berman and Black.
Durst testified earlier that a bath signaling of him successful which helium said, “There it is, you’re caught,” referred to the cadaver note. He had been confronted by Jarecki astir the cadaver enactment and 2 envelopes addressed to Berman and acknowledged that it was beauteous evident that the handwriting was the same, adjacent though helium had denied for years that helium had written the enactment to police.
When asked what helium meant by his recorded remark “killed them all, of course” that was shown during the series, Durst said, “What I did not accidental retired large oregon possibly I said precise softly, ‘They’ll each deliberation I killed them all, of course.”‘
He testified that helium has talked to himself since helium was a small boy.
“It seems I speech to myself astir my thoughts, truthful immoderate of what I’m reasoning I bash not accidental retired loud,” Durst testified.
Durst has been agelong estranged from his existent estate-rich family, which is known for ownership of a bid of New York City skyscrapers — including an concern successful the World Trade Center.
Durst divided with the household erstwhile his younger member was placed successful complaint of the household business, starring to a drawn-out ineligible battle, and yet reached a colony nether which the household reportedly paid him $60 cardinal to $65 million.