By CBSLA Staff

INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) — Judge Mark Windham Tuesday removed an alternate juror for reading material about the Robert Durst trial and sharing it with another juror.

Robert Durst appears in court during his murder trial at the Inglewood Courthouse in Inglewood, California on May 18, 2021. (Photo by Al Seib/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

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“Clearly, she did violate her duty to the case,” he said.

The decision was made before opening statements began in the murder case against the 78-year-old real estate heir.

“I have never given an opening statement in the same case twice,” John Lewin, the prosecuting attorney, said.

The trial, which initially began days before the coronavirus pandemic prompted widespread closures, has now been restarted after a 14-month delay.

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Durst has pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of his friend Susan Berman in 2000. The case was featured in an HBO documentary and a fictionalized movie based on his life in which he was interviewed.

And while prosecutors said Durst may look frail in court now, they contend he beat, and ultimately killed, his wife Kathie in 1982 — a murder they said led to the Berman’s death.

“Susan Berman was a witness to some kind of criminal conduct,” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said. “And that Bob Durst killed Susan because of that.”

The prosecution said Durst changed his story before trial about a note that led police to Berman’s body in her Benedict Canyon home, but they said the motivation has always been the same — to cover up his wife’s murder.

“He didn’t kill her because he disliked her,” Lewin said. “He killed her out of survival.”

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The defense is expected to deliver its opening statement Wednesday.