Monday, February 20, 2017

Reuters: Robert Durst of 'The Jinx' faces pre-trial testimony in murder case

Robert Durst of 'The Jinx' faces pre-trial testimony in murder case

Artwork by Bill Robles 
By Steve Gorman | LOS ANGELES

Robert Durst seated with his attorney in Los Angeles Superior Court, artwork by Bill Robles

Wealthy real estate scion Robert Durst faced the first prosecution testimony of the murder case against him in Los Angeles on Tuesday, from a retired dean of the New York medical school his wife attended before she vanished three decades ago.
The testimony of Dr Albert Kuperman focused on a telephone call he recounted receiving from a woman identifying herself as Kathleen Durst in 1982, a day after she was last seen alive, saying she would have to miss an appointment due to illness.
Prosecutors have raised the possibility that the call in question was actually placed by another woman posing as Durst's wife, and that the fourth-year medical student may have already been dead by then.
Durst has been questioned about his wife's disappearance and presumed slaying but has never been prosecuted in that probe.

Kuperman, 85, was permitted because of his advanced age to take the witness stand months ahead of the actual trial to give videotaped testimony that could be preserved should he die or be otherwise unable to appear in person during a prolonged trial.
Under questioning from prosecutors and defense lawyers, Kuperman, former dean of education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said he had long assumed the woman who telephoned his office 35 years ago to call in sick was Kathleen Durst, as she had identified herself.

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