Robert Durst, who is on trial for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman, concluded his second day of testimony in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 11.
Much of the questioning centered on Durst’s relationship with his first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst, who mysteriously disappeared in 1982. Durst said his wife reportedly became pregnant about a year into their marriage, and the pregnancy was aborted.
Durst accused Kathleen of heavy drug use, saying that “the cocaine had become a big problem,” and they “had arguments about that.”
CNN reported that Durst recounted going with McCormack-Durst to the train station and then not seeing her again after that moment.
On the witness stand, Durst denied violently yanking Kathleen out of a party by her hair in 1981, or kicking a man in the eye with a cowboy boot that same year.
“I did grab Kathie’s hat, put it on Kathie’s head, grab Kathie’s coat and push her towards the door,” he testified at trial on Wednesday.
According to NY Daily News, prosecutors claim Durst killed her amid a bitter breakup, tapped Berman to help with alibi and then shot her in the back of the head nearly two decades later to guarantee her silence.
Durst was arrested in May 2015 in connection to the murder of Berman.