Real estate heir Robert Durst, center, is brought in a courtroom in the wheelchair for a hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. On the left is his attorney, David Chesnoff. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
Real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
Real estate heir Robert Durst, right, sits in a courtroom as his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin talks to the judge during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
LOS ANGELES – prosecutors charged a New York real estate heir Robert Durst with the murder of his best friend in Los Angeles to record the statements of witnesses fear they would die or be killed for the test.
Deputy district Attorney John Lewin said Wednesday that prosecutors fear for the safety of witnesses, because Durst is accused of the killing of a witness in the 1982 disappearance of his wife.
Attorneys for Durst objected to the taking of contingent testimony and suggestions of the 73-year-old Durst, that the use of a wheelchair and in custody, is a threat to everyone.
Lewin says Durst is worth $100 million and is suspected of the killing of Susan Berman, who was allegedly killed in 2000, before she was expected to be questioned by the police about the suspect of the murder of Kathleen Durst in New York.