LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst is expected to take the stand at his Los Angeles County murder trial. The 78-year-old Durst could begin testimony as early as Thursday morning, and it’s likely to last several days. Having the defendant testify at a murder trial is considered extremely risky, but it worked for Durst once before. He took the stand at his 2003 Texas trial, and was acquitted of murder. Durst is now charged with killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000. He has pleaded not guilty.
Photo: Robert Durst holds a device to read the real time spoken script as he appears in the courtroom of Judge Mark E. Windham as attorney’s begin opening statements in the trial of the real estate scion charged with murder of longtime friend Susan Berman, at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Durst’s murder trial was delayed more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)