Throughout the trial, proof was launched that positioned Mr. Durst at Ms. Berman’s home in December 2000. For practically 20 years, Mr. Durst had denied that he was even in Los Angeles on the time of her killing. He additionally had denied that he was the creator of an nameless notice despatched to the Police Division alerting officers to the presence of a “cadaver” at Ms. Berman’s house, on the sting of Beverly Hills.
In hearings that passed off earlier than the trial, Mr. Durst’s attorneys vigorously disputed proof by doc examiners who had recognized Mr. Durst because the creator of that notice. However a buddy of Mr. Durst’s, Emily Altman, underneath withering testimony by Mr. Lewin, blurted out that Mr. Durst had informed her he was in Beverly Hills on the time of Ms. Berman’s loss of life.
On the eve of the trial, Mr. Durst’s attorneys acknowledged that their consumer had each written the notice and had discovered Ms. Berman in a pool of blood inside her house. Nonetheless, in his closing arguments, David Chesnoff, one among Mr. Durst’s attorneys, mentioned prosecutors had not made their case in opposition to his consumer. “No evidence is evidence,” he informed jurors. “All you have is this theory. It’s a theory they want to rely upon that somehow Susan Berman and Bob Durst were in this situation where Susan had something on him.”
Mr. Durst’s brother Douglas, who oversees the Durst household’s $8 billion actual property empire, was a witness for the prosecution, as was Nick Chavin, a longtime buddy of Mr. Durst’s.
Mr. Chavin testified that Mr. Durst contacted him in December 2014 to say he wished to speak about their mutual buddy, Ms. Berman, and about his first spouse, Kathie McCormack Durst. As the 2 males stood on the sidewalk outdoors a restaurant in New York, Mr. Chavin requested Mr. Durst what he wished to say about Ms. Berman. In line with Mr. Chavin’s testimony, Mr. Durst responded in his as soon as characteristically gravelly voice: “It was her or me. I had no choice.”
In his closing arguments, Habib Balian, one of many prosecutors, would repeat these phrases: “The case can be summed up in nine simple words. ‘It was her or me. I had no choice.’ That says it all.”
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