Los Angeles (CNN)Robert Durst, the multimillionaire subject of the HBO crime documentary “The Jinx,” is expected to take the witness stand in his defense Wednesday, his legal team told CNN, heaping more drama onto an already sensational murder trial.

Durst is charged with the first-degree murder of his close friend and confidante, Susan Berman, in 2000, at her Beverly Hills home, hours before she was set to talk to investigators about the mysterious disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who was last seen in 1982.Durst has long denied killing Berman, and his lawyer has said that he panicked and ran after finding her body. He has pleaded not guilty.The trial began early last year but was suspended in March 2020 after just a few days due to the coronavirus pandemic. It finally resumed this May, and prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday after several months of testimony.Durst’s expected testimony is just the latest saga in an unusual life that reached mass audiences through “The Jinx” miniseries in 2015.Read MoreHe was arrested in New Orleans the night before the final episode of the show, making the finale must-see TV. And in its final moments, Durst went into the bathroom, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on, and made a series of comments that became infamous.”There it is. You’re caught,” he said in a series of seemingly unrelated sentences. “He was right. I was wrong.”Real estate tycoon Robert Durst admits writing note giving location of body, lawyer saysReal estate tycoon Robert Durst admits writing note giving location of body, lawyer saysReal estate tycoon Robert Durst admits writing note giving location of body, lawyer says“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”The comments came across to audiences as a stunning confession. However, transcripts of the audio recording in court revealed that the quotes were spliced and edited to be in a different order and context, The New York Times has reported.Durst’s health has deteriorated since then, and he looks and sounds frail in court. At 78, he is thin, bent-over and in a wheelchair and speaks in a whispery voice.Earlier this week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham rejected Durst’s lawyers’ latest bid to delay or end the trial because of his health issues. Durst has bladder cancer and has undergone multiple surgeries, including the insertion of a shunt in his head to relieve pressure on his brain.”I’m worried about his health,” his longtime attorney Dick DeGuerin said. “I’m worried about his ability to survive and his ability to understand complex questions, both direct and cross-examination.”What to expect from his testimonyRobert Durst faces trial for murder, againRobert Durst faces trial for murder, againRobert Durst faces trial for murder, againJUST WATCHEDRobert Durst faces trial for murder, againReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Robert Durst faces trial for murder, again 01:26Testifying in one’s own defense is uncommon for murder defendants, but the tactic worked for Durst in a previous murder trial.In 2003, an animated Durst testified he had fatally shot a neighbor, Morris Black, in self-defense and admitted he cut up his body with surgical precision and dumped it in Galveston Bay. He said he did so in a panic, while prosecutors said he wanted to steal the man’s identity and escape the investigation of his wife’s disappearance.The Texas murder trial revealed more about Durst’s often eccentric behavior, including how he posed as a mute woman as he hid out in Galveston.The jury in Texas accepted Durst’s self-defense assertion, acquitting him of murder.Durst’s testimony is expected to last several days, and legal analysts caution that he needs to be careful with his words.His “testimony could open the door to all types of prior bad conduct that he could be questioned about,” said CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson. “If the jury thinks he’s lying, being evasive or if he’s unsympathetic, a conviction is assured.”The medical issues could also come into play.”There is a still a slight chance of raising the sympathy of someone on the jury,” said Loyola Law School Professor Stan Goldman. But Jackson believes Durst needs to be careful about how jurors perceive his medical issues. “If he testifies and feigns sickness or incapacity, the jury will see right through it,” Jackson quipped.Also, Judge Windham could still delay the trial due to Durst’s poor health, Goldman said.”That’s if the judge changes his mind and determines Durst’s condition makes him unfit to testify at this time or in the foreseeable future,” Goldman said.How we got hereNew York real estate heir Robert Durst listens to opening statements in his murder trial on March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles.New York real estate heir Robert Durst listens to opening statements in his murder trial on March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstNew York real estate heir Robert Durst listens to opening statements in his murder trial on March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles.Hide Caption 1 of 18Defense attorneys Dick DeGuerin, right, and David Z. Chesnoff adjust Robert Durst's wheelchair as attorneys begin opening statements in his murder trial at Inglewood Courthouse on May 18, 2021.Defense attorneys Dick DeGuerin, right, and David Z. Chesnoff adjust Robert Durst's wheelchair as attorneys begin opening statements in his murder trial at Inglewood Courthouse on May 18, 2021. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDefense attorneys Dick DeGuerin, right, and David Z. Chesnoff adjust Robert Durst’s wheelchair as attorneys begin opening statements in his murder trial at Inglewood Courthouse on May 18, 2021.Hide Caption 2 of 18Attorney Dick DeGuerin waves his hat to end a media briefing outside the courthouse following a preliminary hearing for Durst in Los Angeles on December 21, 2016.  Attorney Dick DeGuerin waves his hat to end a media briefing outside the courthouse following a preliminary hearing for Durst in Los Angeles on December 21, 2016.  Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstAttorney Dick DeGuerin waves his hat to end a media briefing outside the courthouse following a preliminary hearing for Durst in Los Angeles on December 21, 2016. Hide Caption 3 of 18Durst arrives in a wheelchair for his arraignment on capital murder charges related to the death of Susan Berman, on November 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.Durst arrives in a wheelchair for his arraignment on capital murder charges related to the death of Susan Berman, on November 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst arrives in a wheelchair for his arraignment on capital murder charges related to the death of Susan Berman, on November 7, 2016, in Los Angeles.Hide Caption 4 of 18Durst is accused of killing Berman inside this Beverly Hills home in 2000. Durst is accused of killing Berman inside this Beverly Hills home in 2000. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is accused of killing Berman inside this Beverly Hills home in 2000. Hide Caption 5 of 18Berman and Durst are pictured together in the 1990s. For years, speculation has swirled about who could be responsible for Berman's death.Berman and Durst are pictured together in the 1990s. For years, speculation has swirled about who could be responsible for Berman's death. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstBerman and Durst are pictured together in the 1990s. For years, speculation has swirled about who could be responsible for Berman’s death.Hide Caption 6 of 18Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Durst faced felony firearm and drug charges in New Orleans, and was charged with first-degree murder in Los Angeles. Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Durst faced felony firearm and drug charges in New Orleans, and was charged with first-degree murder in Los Angeles. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Durst faced felony firearm and drug charges in New Orleans, and was charged with first-degree murder in Los Angeles. Hide Caption 7 of 18Durst leaves for a lunch break after appearing in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New York, on December 10, 2014.Durst leaves for a lunch break after appearing in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New York, on December 10, 2014. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst leaves for a lunch break after appearing in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New York, on December 10, 2014.Hide Caption 8 of 18Durst is escorted into the courtroom for a parole revocation hearing held by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on January 13, 2006, in Houston.Durst is escorted into the courtroom for a parole revocation hearing held by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on January 13, 2006, in Houston. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is escorted into the courtroom for a parole revocation hearing held by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on January 13, 2006, in Houston.Hide Caption 9 of 18Durst is featured on the front page of the New York Daily News on November 12, 2003. At the trial, Durst testified he hid out in Galveston, Texas, and posed as a mute woman because he was afraid as he faced increasing scrutiny, Court TV reported.Durst is featured on the front page of the New York Daily News on November 12, 2003. At the trial, Durst testified he hid out in Galveston, Texas, and posed as a mute woman because he was afraid as he faced increasing scrutiny, Court TV reported. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is featured on the front page of the New York Daily News on November 12, 2003. At the trial, Durst testified he hid out in Galveston, Texas, and posed as a mute woman because he was afraid as he faced increasing scrutiny, Court TV reported.Hide Caption 10 of 18Durst appears in a Galveston courtroom for an unrelated case in 2003. Durst admitted then that he had killed and dismembered Morris Black, a neighbor in Galveston, but he argued he'd shot Black in self-defense during a struggle. A jury found Durst not guilty, but he remained in jail for a time because of a bail jumping charge. Durst appears in a Galveston courtroom for an unrelated case in 2003. Durst admitted then that he had killed and dismembered Morris Black, a neighbor in Galveston, but he argued he'd shot Black in self-defense during a struggle. A jury found Durst not guilty, but he remained in jail for a time because of a bail jumping charge. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst appears in a Galveston courtroom for an unrelated case in 2003. Durst admitted then that he had killed and dismembered Morris Black, a neighbor in Galveston, but he argued he’d shot Black in self-defense during a struggle. A jury found Durst not guilty, but he remained in jail for a time because of a bail jumping charge. Hide Caption 11 of 18Private detectives comb a portion of Galveston Bay in search of Morris Black's remains in February 2002.Private detectives comb a portion of Galveston Bay in search of Morris Black's remains in February 2002. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstPrivate detectives comb a portion of Galveston Bay in search of Morris Black’s remains in February 2002.Hide Caption 12 of 18Durst is escorted from Northampton County Courthouse in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 2002.Durst is escorted from Northampton County Courthouse in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 2002. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is escorted from Northampton County Courthouse in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 2002.Hide Caption 13 of 18Durst is seen in his police booking photo in November 2001, after he jumped bail and was arrested in Pennsylvania. Durst was arrested for shoplifting a sandwich even though he had hundreds of dollars in his pocket.Durst is seen in his police booking photo in November 2001, after he jumped bail and was arrested in Pennsylvania. Durst was arrested for shoplifting a sandwich even though he had hundreds of dollars in his pocket. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst is seen in his police booking photo in November 2001, after he jumped bail and was arrested in Pennsylvania. Durst was arrested for shoplifting a sandwich even though he had hundreds of dollars in his pocket.Hide Caption 14 of 18Durst, center, is escorted by Northampton County deputy sheriffs Dave Falco, rear left, and Keith Border, center rear, to a Northampton County courtroom before a hearing advising Durst of his rights under extradition laws in December 2001.Durst, center, is escorted by Northampton County deputy sheriffs Dave Falco, rear left, and Keith Border, center rear, to a Northampton County courtroom before a hearing advising Durst of his rights under extradition laws in December 2001. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst, center, is escorted by Northampton County deputy sheriffs Dave Falco, rear left, and Keith Border, center rear, to a Northampton County courtroom before a hearing advising Durst of his rights under extradition laws in December 2001.Hide Caption 15 of 18Durst, seen here in February 1991, is an heir to a fortune from his family's New York real estate investments. The Durst Organization was founded by his grandfather and is now run by his brother and cousin. After a civil lawsuit in 2006, Robert Durst cut ties with his family and 10 Manhattan skyscrapers in return for a $65 million settlement, The New York Times reported.Durst, seen here in February 1991, is an heir to a fortune from his family's New York real estate investments. The Durst Organization was founded by his grandfather and is now run by his brother and cousin. After a civil lawsuit in 2006, Robert Durst cut ties with his family and 10 Manhattan skyscrapers in return for a $65 million settlement, The New York Times reported. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstDurst, seen here in February 1991, is an heir to a fortune from his family’s New York real estate investments. The Durst Organization was founded by his grandfather and is now run by his brother and cousin. After a civil lawsuit in 2006, Robert Durst cut ties with his family and 10 Manhattan skyscrapers in return for a $65 million settlement, The New York Times reported.Hide Caption 16 of 18The front page of the New York Daily News on February 9, 1982, features the disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie. No one has been charged in her disappearance. Durst has said the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a train station in Westchester, New York, so she could head back to medical school in the city.The front page of the New York Daily News on February 9, 1982, features the disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie. No one has been charged in her disappearance. Durst has said the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a train station in Westchester, New York, so she could head back to medical school in the city. Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstThe front page of the New York Daily News on February 9, 1982, features the disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathie. No one has been charged in her disappearance. Durst has said the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a train station in Westchester, New York, so she could head back to medical school in the city.Hide Caption 17 of 18An undated photo shows Kathie and Robert Durst. Her family has said Robert Durst is to blame for her disappearance, and they hailed his March 2015 arrest for Berman's death as a sign they could be close to getting answers. "The dominoes of justice are now starting to fall," Jim McCormack, her brother, said at the time. "Through our faith, hope and prayers the last domino will bring closure and justice for Kathie."An undated photo shows Kathie and Robert Durst. Her family has said Robert Durst is to blame for her disappearance, and they hailed his March 2015 arrest for Berman's death as a sign they could be close to getting answers. "The dominoes of justice are now starting to fall," Jim McCormack, her brother, said at the time. "Through our faith, hope and prayers the last domino will bring closure and justice for Kathie." Photos: In pictures: Real estate heir Robert DurstAn undated photo shows Kathie and Robert Durst. Her family has said Robert Durst is to blame for her disappearance, and they hailed his March 2015 arrest for Berman’s death as a sign they could be close to getting answers. “The dominoes of justice are now starting to fall,” Jim McCormack, her brother, said at the time. “Through our faith, hope and prayers the last domino will bring closure and justice for Kathie.”Hide Caption 18 of 1801b Robert Durst02 Robert Durst03 Robert Durst04 Robert Durst05 Robert Durst RESTRICTED15 Robert Durst06 Robert Durst07 Robert Durst08 Robert Durst09 Robert Durst RESTRICTED10 Robert Durst11 Robert Durst RESTRICTED12 Robert Durst RESTRICTED13 Robert Durst RESTRICTED14 Robert Durst16 Robert Durst RESTRICTED17 Robert Durst RESTRICTED18 Robert DurstProsecutors allege that Durst shot Berman in the head from behind to stop her from incriminating him in the disappearance of this first wife, Kathleen, in 1982. They say Durst confided to Berman that he had killed Kathleen, and that she helped him cover his tracks.Durst will likely be cross-examined by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, who has relentlessly pursued Durst for Berman’s murder.Lewin and Durst squared off in a New Orleans jail cell in 2015 after Durst agreed to an interview that would last three hours, without his lawyers present, making potentially damaging claims and lamenting his many physical ailments.”My life expectancy is about five years,” the eccentric millionaire said in the 2015 interview.There is little physical evidence in Berman’s nearly 20-year-old unsolved death. There are no eyewitnesses and no murder weapon.One key piece of evidence is the so-called “cadaver” note, a cryptic letter sent to police with Berman’s address and the word “cadaver” in caps that led detectives to her body.In the HBO documentary “The Jinx,” Durst said the letter could have been sent only by Berman’s killer. Defense lawyers previously denied Durst wrote the note, and they tried to exclude from trial handwriting evidence about it.But in a court filing late last year, lawyers for the real estate mogul reversed course and acknowledged that Durst penned the anonymous note. “This does not change the fact that Bob Durst did not kill Susan Berman,” DeGuerin said at the time.Also in the documentary, filmmakers confronted Durst with another letter he once mailed Berman, with nearly identical handwriting to the “cadaver” note. In both, Beverly Hills was misspelled as “BEVERLEY.”Lewin, in the interview with Durst, asked him, “Why would you think the killer would have left a note?””I’m gonna stay away from that,” Durst replied.

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