ROBERT Durst who was the focus of a 2015 documentary series titled The Jinx is on trial for murder.
The frail-looking 78-year-old denies killing his best friend two decades ago, and died on January 10, 2022.
Who was Robert Durst and why was he on trial?
On October 19, 2021, Robert Durst was charged with the murder of his first wife, Kathleen.
The 78-year-old was charged with killing Susan Berman, who was fatally shot in her home in Los Angeles, California, in December 2000.
Prosecutors allege that Berman was going to give police information about Durst's first wife, Kathleen McCormack, who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.
They claim Berman provided an alibi for Durst after he killed his first wife and that he silenced her to keep her from telling police what she knew about McCormack’s disappearance.
He was arrested on a warrant for Berman’s death in New Orleans in 2015 on the same day the final episode of The Jinx, an HBO documentary series about him, aired.
His trial didn’t begin until early 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to a halt until it resumed in May 2021.
Durst suffered a cardia arrest while in prison and died on January 10, 2022.
Durst previously was tried for the 2001 murder of Texas neighbor Morris Black, but he claimed self-defense and was acquitted.
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The 2015 arrest came as HBO aired the documentary series about Durst around the same time, but the "underlying facts" had already been collected by authorities, according to NBC News.
Durst seemed to incriminate himself in the documentary series, a claim that his lawyers deny.
He appeared to say, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course," but his attorneys say the comments were edited.
What was the verdict of Robert Durst's trial?
On Friday, September 17, a Los Angeles jury convicted Durst of gunning down Berman, a killing authorities believe was connected to his missing wife.
The panel had been deliberating since September 14 when it came back with the guilty verdict for first-degree murder in the slaying of Berman.
Prosecutors said Berman had been scheduled to speak to police about a fake alibi she allegedly gave Durst when his wife disappeared in New York in 1982.
Durst's wife, Kathie, has never been found and no charges have ever been brought in connection with her disappearance.
In closing arguments, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Lewin told jurors they had to hold the 78-year-old Durst accountable for Berman's slaying.
“Bob Durst is not crazy. He’s not some nut job serial killer who goes around killing for the thrill of it,” Lewin said.
“Don’t let this narcissistic psychopath get away with what he’s done.”
On October 14, 2021, it was reported that Durst will get life in prison for the murder of Berman.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham denied a defense request for a new trial, but Durst's lawyers said they plan to appeal.
What is Robert Durst's net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Durst is worth $65million.
Durst is the son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst and he is the brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst.
Robert graduated from Lehigh University and became a real estate developer.
Did Robert Durst's family assist him in the murders?
Real estate heir Durst's father and brother have been accused of assisting in the murder of his wife Kathie who went missing in 1982.
These claims arise again as part of Durst's trial in the murder of long-time confidant, Berman, which just resumed after a 14-month delay due to the coronavirus.
Law and Crime executive producer Cathy Russon tweeted "Attorneys representing Kathleen Durst’s family say #RobertDurst brother Douglas & father Seymore aided in the cover-up of Kathleen’s disappearance and murder."
The Durst family spoke out about the claims targeting attorney Robert Adams who represents Kathie's family.
“Mr. Abrams is a member of the cottage industry that seeks to personally profit off of Robert’s victims, even if it involves disrupting the prosecution of the murder of Susan Berman,” said Jason Barowitz, a spokesperson for the family.
He continued, "The truth is that the Durst family is appalled by Robert’s actions and has cooperated with authorities to help ensure justice is served. These allegations are false and have been repeatedly debunked.”
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