Robert Durst found his friend’s body and ran, attorney says, but he didn’t pull the trigger

Who is Robert Durst? 01:43 Los Angeles (CNN)Robert Durst’s attorney acknowledged Tuesday it was the infamous real estate mogul who found Susan Berman ‘s body in 2000. He panicked and ran, the lawyer said, but he did not kill his friend and confidante.

The concession came during defense attorney Dick DeGuerin’s opening statement in Durst’s murder trial , which got underway last week.

Durst, 76, was arrested and charged in March 2015 with killing Berman. He is accused of shooting her in the head at her Beverly Hills home two days before Christmas in 2000.

Only a few months ago, he admitted writing a note that led police to find her body, but he has repeatedly denied killing her and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The day she died, Berman was scheduled to talk to police about Durst’s first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who disappeared in 1982. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman to keep her from incriminating him.

Berman had been Durst’s confidant since their days at UCLA, prosecutor John Lewin said last week. The daughter of a notorious mobster, Berman would “go to almost any length to protect” Durst, he told the jury.

Lewin also laid out his case for how he believed Kathie Durst disappeared while she was apparently en route to medical school in New York. She was declared legally dead in 2017.

Kathie Durst’s body was never found, and Robert Durst has not been charged in her death. Still, Lewin spent a lot of time last week talking about […]

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