Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst takes the stand
In a surprise move, millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst took the stand in his own defense Wednesday afternoon.
The 60-year-old cross dresser from Scarsdale told the jury it wasn't murder, and it was all an accident. Durst admits he killed his neighbor Morris Black and cut his body into pieces but claims he was the one in fear for his life because Black had a gun. In fact the defense showed a computer generated re-enactment of their side of the story.
Earlier in the day, before Durst took the stand, the judge and jury toured the Galveston Bay scene. They spent nearly 20 minutes in the area where nearly all of Black's body parts, except for his head, were discovered two years ago. Defense attorneys hoped the trip would convince jurors authorities didn't search a large enough area of the bay and that Black's head, which could determine the cause of death, easily could have been lost.
Durst's lawyers say he panicked and disposed of the body because Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro was hounding him about the disappearance of his first wife Kathy in South Salem 21 years ago.
Durst, whose family runs The Durst Organization, a privately held billion-dollar New York real estate company, faces five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.