New York

Durst prosecutor seeks testimony, citing fear for witnesses

  • Real estate heir Robert Durst, center, is brought into a courtroom in the wheelchair for a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. At left is his attorney David Chesnoff. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

    Real estate heir Robert Durst, center, is brought into a courtroom in the wheelchair for a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. At left is his attorney David Chesnoff. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

    Real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Real estate heir Robert Durst, right, sits in a courtroom as his attorney Dick DeGuerin talks to the judge during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

    Real estate heir Robert Durst, right, sits in a courtroom as his attorney Dick DeGuerin talks to the judge during a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors who charged New York real estate heir Robert Durst with the murder of his best friend in Los Angeles want to videotape testimony from witnesses they fear could die or be killed before trial.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said Wednesday that prosecutors fear for the safety of witnesses because Durst is accused of killing a witness in the 1982 disappearance of his wife.

Lawyers for Durst objected to taking conditional testimony and suggestions the 73-year-old Durst, who is using a wheelchair and in custody, is a threat to anyone.

Lewin says Durst is worth $100 million and is suspected of killing Susan Berman, who was allegedly killed in 2000, before she was expected to be interviewed by police about the suspected murder of Kathleen Durst in New York.