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Hollywood producer testifies in Robert Durst murder case

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/27/2017
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing in Los Angeles. A retired New York police detective says the missing wife of New York real estate heir Robert Durst once went to her neighbor's in pajamas and said her husband beat her and she feared he would kill her. James Varian testified Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that a neighbor reported Kathleen Durst had knocked on her Manhattan penthouse bedroom window for help. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, real estate heir Robert Durst sits in a courtroom during a hearing in Los Angeles. A retired New York police detective says the missing wife of New York real estate heir Robert Durst once went to her neighbor's in pajamas and said her husband beat her and she feared he would kill her. James Varian testified Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that a neighbor reported Kathleen Durst had knocked on her Manhattan penthouse bedroom window for help. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hollywood producer has appeared as a witness in the murder case of real-estate heir Robert Durst.

Lynda Obst testified Wednesday in Los Angeles that a friend, Susan Berman, claimed to have impersonated Durst's wife in a 1982 telephone call.

Prosecutors contend that Kathleen Durst already was dead at that point, although her body has never been found.

Durst isn't charged with his wife's death but he is accused of murdering Berman in 2000.

Prosecutors contend he killed Berman to keep her from telling police what she knew about his wife's disappearance.

Durst has pleaded not guilty to murder. A judge will decide if there's enough evidence for him to stand trial.

Obst has produced movies such as "Interstellar" and "Sleepless in Seattle."

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