Robert Durst takes the stand and testifies in his murder trial answering questions at the Inglewood Courthouse in California. Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/Pool via REUTERS

Aug 17 (Reuters) – Real estate heir Robert Durst said in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday that he would lie under oath rather than admit killing someone, but that he had not lied during five days of testimony while on trial for the murder of his friend Susan Berman.

“‘Did you kill Susan Berman?’ is strictly a hypothetical,” Durst, 78, testified from a wheelchair, wearing a county jail uniform. “I did not kill Susan Berman. But if I had, I would lie about it.”

Durst, part of a prominent New York real estate family, is formally charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with killing Berman, his long-time confidante, in 2000 in her Beverly Hills home.

Los Angeles prosecutors are also arguing Durst killed Berman to help cover up the murder of his wife, Kathleen…

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