In this still image taken from the Law & Crime Network court video, real estate heir Robert Durst watches as his defense attorney Dick DeGuerin presents a new round of opening statements in the murder case against Durst after a 14-month recess due to the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Inglewood, Calif., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Law & Crime Network via AP, Pool)
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Jurors in the Robert Durst murder trial recently heard testimony describing the real estate heir’s violent tendencies. Witnesses took to the stand in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday in the fourth day of trial for the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman.
Family friend Dr. Peter Wilk recalled a 1981 conversation during which Kathy Durst said her husband had a “homicidal side to him.”
Kathy’s friend Janet Finke-Shaw described a party when Robert Durst attacked a mutual friend, stomping on the man’s head until Kathy intervened. She went on to recount instances of domestic violence between Kathy and Robert Durst.
“She had told me they had a fight and that she had tried to escape through the window, and he pulled her back in and it was horrifying,’ she explained. “It sounded like one of the larger fights…I was very concerned.”
Prosecutors have alleged Robert Durst killed Berman because she knew too much about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathy whose body has never been found.
Durst was arrested in 2015 after the case was reignited by alleged admissions of guilt in an HBO documentary.