UPDATE: According to the LA Times, Chavin claimed in court that Susan Berman admitted to him that Robert had killed Kathleen Durst before she, herself, was killed. Chavin says he had not come forward with the confession under orders from Susan, who demanded they both protect Robert. At the time, Chavin had not believed Susan's confession.
Earlier in the trial of Robert Durst, the subject of HBO's controversial documentary mini-series The Jinx, prosecutors worried that certain witnesses may be in danger, considering Durst's extraordinary wealth which could allow him to hire hitmen to take out key figures that might implicate him. During a prosecution testimony, one of the witnesses has been revealed as Nathan “Nick” Chavin, a close friend of both Durst and his alleged victim, Susan Berman.
“I’ve known Bob Durst for 25 or 30 years,” said Chavin on the stand. “I met Bob Durst through a very dear friend of mine, Susan Berman.”
According to the LA Times, Chavin discussed Durst's aberrant behavior, including examples from Durst's ex-wife (who Durst is also suspected of killing) who had characterized her husband as "impossible" and physically violent. Chavin even told a story of Durst kicking another man in the head simply because he “pissed him off.” Chavin went on to explain his close platonic friendship with Berman, who he described as "exceedingly generous."
According to CBS News, Chavin also described a few unrelated violent incidents that Durst had told him about, including a time he ran over a female police officer with his car. Durst had described the move as "prankish," and was never caught.
Furthermore, Chavin claimed that Durst had a thorough understanding of Berman's particular phobias, such as heights. Prosecutors say evidence will show the murderer must have known about these intimate details of Berman's life, severely limiting the list of potential suspects.
Chavin will continue to testify on Tuesday.
Also called to the stand was Susan Giordano, a former employee of Chavin who was similarly friendly with the Dursts and may have been romantically involved with the affluent real estate scion.
Durst's affect was described as flat throughout the trial. His face remained "expressionless" as his friends spoke out against him.
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