LOS ANGELES – Despite the fact that the held in custody, looking weak and get rolled into the court in a pink wheelchair, New York real estate heir Robert Durst is regarded as a danger to the witnesses in the murder case against him, a prosecutor said.
The quote of his $100 million and allegations that Durst knocked his best friend, who was a witness in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Deputy district Attorney John Lewin says that he wants to record videos of testimony in the case, witnesses die or be killed before trial.
Witnesses are worried about their safety, Lewin said Wednesday. He wants to keep the testimony of an unnamed witness “, which is very important information” and Dr. Albert Kuperman, 85, who is the last person Kathleen Durst spoke for her disappearance in New York.
The testimony would only be used during the trial as the witnesses are currently not available to testify.
“If Dr. Kuperman is over,” said Lewin, “we can’t go back later and figure out what he would have said. … There is only one way, and one way to do this to be a problem. … The witness at the time of the conditional examination would then have to disappear, die or be killed.”
Defense lawyers objected to the suggestion that Durst, 73, a threat to everyone.
“That a man in a wheelchair is a threat to an 85-year-old physician in New York,” lawyer David Chesnoff said: “it is simply exaggerated.”
Chesnoff also challenged Lewin’s suggestion that Durst killed and dismembered a Galveston, Texas, neighbor, in 2001, because he was also a witness. Durst, who was hiding in Texas, disguised as a mute woman, was acquitted of murder after claiming he killed the man in self-defense.
Lewin was the replacing of the facts of the case with his own interpretation, Chesnoff said.
Judge Mark Windham set a Jan. 6 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court to discuss the conditional testimony, although he provisionally set a Nov. 14 listening to the testimony of the two witnesses.
Durst has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in the killing of Susan Berman just before Christmas in 2000.
At the time, she was reportedly planning to speak with the researchers about his wife’s suspected murder. She had served as an unofficial mouthpiece for Him, her good friend from school days.
Durst was nabbed in New Orleans last year just for the last episode of a six-part documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and death of Robert Durst,” broadcast on HBO.
Prosecutors said that the police moved in to arrest him because they feared he would flee after seeing the devastating conclusion that ended with him walking off-camera with a live microphone and muttering to himself: “There it is. You are trapped! What have I done? Kill them all, of course.”
In the moments before he spoke these words, the filmmakers had to face, Dared with a letter anonymously sent to the police in 2000, the give of the tip to the location of Berman ‘ s “body” that corresponds to the handwriting on a letter he had sent her years before. Both envelopes are misspelled her Beverly Hills address as the “Beverley.”
Durst acknowledged in a nearly three-hour interrogation after his arrest with Lewin that he is in the process of the flight when he was arrested. He was found in a hotel with a fake Texas ID, more than $40,000 cash, bags of marijuana, a .38-caliber revolver, a folded map showing Louisiana and Cuba, and a flesh-toned latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair.
The defense objected to the taking of a testimony, for they have evidence in the case and without sufficient advance notice of the names of the contingent of witnesses.
The prosecutors have said that they might want to include conditional testimony of eight to 10 witnesses, and not by their names until shortly before the treatment of Chesnoff said.
The defense attacked Lewin for the public to submit a transcript and audio of his long interview with Him, in which she claimed that she was incorrectly executed and the violation of their rights. That problem is likely to be the subject of future discussions about the admissibility of the statement.
“I’m not going to the spread of the evidence in the public record,” lawyer Dick DeGuerin said outside the court. “I am very critical about it … so we’re not going to be guilty of the same thing.”