By Court TV Staff
Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a motion to declare out of state witnesses unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the murder case against New York real estate heir Robert Durst.
In the motion, prosecutors argue four witnesses, who are over 65 and reside in New York and New Jersey, should not be required to fly to LA during the pandemic to testify. The witnesses already gave their sworn testimony on videotape. Therefore, prosecutors want to use the tapes instead of requiring them to travel to LA to testify in person.
Durst, 77, faces one count of murder for the 2000 killing of his friend Susan Berman. His trial began in March but was paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The motion is expected to be litigated on May 26 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.