Ex-friend’s testifies Durst said he killed wife

Robert Durst
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is escorted into Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans. Prosecutors said on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, fugitive real estate heir Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to Los Angeles by mid-August to face a murder charge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Latest on pretrial testimony in the Robert Durst murder case (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

A former close friend of Robert Durst says the millionaire heir’s best friend confided in him that Durst killed his first wife.

Nathan Chavin testified Thursday in Los Angeles that Susan Berman told him Durst admitted killing his wife.

The body of Kathleen Durst has never been found, and prosecutors say he killed Berman to keep her from talking with police.

Durst has pleaded not guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of Berman.

Chavin says he didn’t believe Berman when she told him. He says he asked Berman how she knew and she said that Durst told her.

Chavin says Berman mentioned that they had to protect Durst.

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