LOS ANGELES — A prosecutor attempted to entrap Robert Durst on Tuesday after he admitted at his murder trial that he had lied under oath in the past and would lie to get out of trouble.
The New York real estate heir said he had not lied during the five days of his testimony, but several discrepancies during his cross-examination in Los Angeles County Superior Court called into question his credibility and risked putting the defendant on the witness stand. exposed. .
Deputy District Attorney John Levine, who liked the prospect of grilling Durst and created a 200-page outline for the interrogation, admitted to him that there were some actions he would never be honest about.
Levine asked how the jurors were supposed to believe Durst.
“If you’ve said you’ve sworn to tell the truth, but you’ve also told us you’ll lie if you need to,” Levine asked, “Can you tell me how it doesn’t destroy your credibility?” will do? “
“Because what I’m saying is mostly true,” Durst said. “There are some things I would lie about, some very important things.”
Durst said he would never admit to killing Susan Berman—even if he did.
“‘Did you kill Susan Berman?’ is strictly a fictional one,” Durst said. “I didn’t kill Susan Berman. But if I had, I would have lied about it.”
Durst, 78, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his longtime confidant Berman in the point-blank shooting at his Los Angeles home. Durst said he found a lifeless barman lying on the bedroom floor when he came for a planned visit just before Christmas 2000.
Durst said he had prepared for Levine to be interrogated but he was concerned.
Durst told Levine, “I’m relieved that I’m close to finishing it, and I’m terrified.” “What I want today is to be acquitted.”
Playing clips of the interview Durst interviewed the filmmakers in the aftermath of Durst’s arrest in New Orleans in 2015, and clips from his testimony, Levine asks Durst to admit to the many lies he had told over the years.
Prosecutors say Durst silenced Berman as she prepared to speak with New York officials about the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Cathy, and how he provided a false excuse for her.
Durst admitted that he would not have accepted to kill Cathy Durst if he had. And he would not accept the 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, if he had done so.
He has never been charged with the crime of missing his wife and has denied murdering her. His body has never been found, but he has been pronounced dead.
Durst was acquitted of manslaughter in Black’s death after he testified that he had fatally shot the man during a struggle for a gun. He was convicted of destroying evidence by cutting the man’s body and throwing it into the sea.
Testifying at trial is incredibly risky for a defendant, and most attorneys will not put their clients on the stand. Durst’s testimony on Tuesday showed he was particularly vulnerable because of the trail of lies.
Levine said, “You don’t make up a lie just for the sake of lying.” “You lie especially when you have a reason to lie. And, generally speaking, in this context, when it pertains to incriminating evidence, right?”
In questions from his own lawyer on Monday, Durst admitted publicly for the first time that he had sent police a note directing Berman’s “cadaver.” He said that he has always refused to do so because it makes him look guilty.
Durst testified earlier on Tuesday that he had not confessed to any murders when he was caught talking to himself on a live microphone after filming a documentary about his life and the deaths of those close to him.
In the climactic scene of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” he can be heard murmuring in the bathroom: “What did I do? Of course, killed them all.”
Durst, who was recently caught on video in a lie about the “cadaver” note, explained that he either didn’t say everything he was thinking or didn’t speak loud enough to catch the mic.
“What I didn’t say out loud or, maybe I said too softly, is: ‘They’ll all think I killed them all,'” he testified.
Many viewers have interpreted the two sentences, which were edited together by the filmmakers for the theatrical conclusion of the six-part HBO series, as an admission.
In March 2015, authorities arrested Durst the night before the finale aired because they expected him to run away after the gotcha moment and the unexpected conversation that followed.
Durst testified that he was planning to kill himself with a gun when FBI agents caught him in the lobby of a New Orleans hotel, where he was registered under an alias.
He told the filmmakers that only the killer could write the cadaver note. Her comments from the camera came after she confronted him during his final interview for “The Jinx”, along with a note he had sent to Berman with nearly identical handwriting and Beverly Hills misspelling “Beverly”.
“I wrote it, but I didn’t write the autopsy,” Durst insisted in the film. But moments later, he could not tell the two apart. After blinking and burping for a strange moment, he put his head in his hands. He denied being the killer.
When he turned the camera off – inadvertently still wired for the sound – he said: “There it is. You’re caught.”
Durst testified that he reached out to the filmmakers to restore his reputation after the Texas case became a pariah.
He said that despite being a millionaire, he was rejected by unions in New York, Houston and California. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art wanted him to donate anonymously.
Despite advice from his lawyers and “everyone” not to give a series of interviews for the film project, Durst ignored them all.
“That was a very, very, very big mistake,” Durst testified.
by Brian Meley
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times