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Real estate heir Robert Durst set to testify at murder trial

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – New York real estate heir Robert Durst is expected to testify at his Los Angeles County murder trial on Thursday.

The 78-year-old was scheduled to make the rare gesture of an accused in a murder case and begin testifying on Wednesday, but the prosecution was still cross-examining another defense witness, the expert in memory Elizabeth Loftus, at the end of the day.

Loftus, the only other witness the defense planned to call, will return to the stand Thursday morning and will be followed by Durst if defense attorneys decide to call him to testify. His testimony will probably last several days.

At Durst’s trial in Texas in 2003, the same lawyer represented him and called him to testify, and he was acquitted of the murder although he admitted to dismembering and disposing of the body of his neighbor in Galveston, Morris Black. Durst said Black entered his apartment with a gun and was killed when he exploded in a brawl.

Durst is accused of killing his friend Susan Berman in 2000. He has pleaded not guilty.

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