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Friend claims Durst confidant warned: “If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it”

Testimony is latest leading up to the murder trial in LA
April 26, 2017 05:40PM

Susan Berman and Robert Durst

Before she died, Susan Berman allegedly warned a friend that if anything should happen to her, Robert Durst was to blame.

Miriam Barnes, a long-time friend of Berman, testified on Tuesday that the warning came in 1982, shortly after Durst’s wife, Kathleen, went missing, the Los Angeles Times reported. Berman was killed in 2000, and Durst was arrested and charged five years later in the murder.

“If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it,” Berman said two decades before her death, according to Barnes.

Barnes’ testimony is part of a series of hearings leading up to Durst’s murder trial, which isn’t expected to happen until 2018. Prosecutors had argued to allow testimony early in order to assuage fears that witnesses would die before the trial — either of old age or on orders from Durst.

Another witness testified in February that Durst had confessed to Berman that he killed his wife.

Durst has never been criminally charged in the death of his wife — who was officially declared dead in April of this year — but he remains the only suspect in the case. In 2015, HBO docu-drama “the Jinx” showed Robert muttering what appeared to be a murder confession, and he was arrested shortly after it aired. Durst has since claimed that he was high on methamphetamine during the filming. [LAT] — Kathryn Brenzel