Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

'Secret Witness' In Robert Durst Case Revealed

BermanDurstTrial.jpg
Photo via Getty
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

The identity of the "secret witness" in Robert Durst's forthcoming murder trial has been revealed. According to City News Wire, Nathan "Nick" Chavin was called to take the stand and testify against Durst. The Los Angeles Times adds that, although preliminary hearings for the trial won't start until October, prosecutors believed Chavin was facing "possible danger" by being a witness, and sought to question him immediately.

"That man kills witnesses," prosecutor John Lewin said, notes the Associated Press. "When pushed into a corner, he murders people."

“I know [Robert Durst] as Bob or Bobby,” Chavin said when he took to the stand on Wednesday, reports the Times. Chavin is a creative director and principal at Chavin Lambert Advertising, which specializes in the real estate market. Robert Durst is a scion of the New York real estate Durst family. "I’ve known Bob Durst for 25 or 30 years. I met Bob Durst through a very dear friend of mine, Susan Berman.”

Prosecutors also asked that a second witness, Albert Kuperman, an octogenarian, have his testimony recorded in case he should die before the trial takes place.

Support for LAist comes from

Durst is currently facing trial over the 2000 murder of Susan Berman. He was arrested a day before the finale of HBO's miniseries The Jinx, which covers Durst and the various murders surrounding him, aired in March 2015.