Robert Durst’s NY friends resist testifying at California hearing

Robert Durst
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file, Millionaire Robert Durst is escorted from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. Durst is going back to court in New Orleans after nearly a week in a prison mental ward 70 miles away. At a preliminary hearing on weapons charges on Monday, March 23, his lawyers planned to argue that the 71-year-old Houston man should be released because he was illegally arrested on those charges and a Los Angeles County warrant accusing him of murdering a female friend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Longtime friends of Robert Durst are fighting in a New York court to avoid being sent to testify in California in pretrial hearing in the millionaire’s murder case.

The Los Angeles district attorney says Stewart and Emily Altman could provide information about Durst’s state of mind.

Durst denies allegations that he killed one of his closest friends, Susan Berman.

Prosecutors say he killed Berman in 2000 fearing she might divulge information about the disappearance of his first wife in 1982.

Durst has long been eyed but never charged in that case.

Attorneys for the Altmans, who live on Long Island, said their testimony at a pretrial hearing is not necessary.

A judge in Nassau County reserved decision.

The suspicions about Durst were the subject of the HBO documentary, “The Jinx.”

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