Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

New York property heir Robert Durst has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more than two decades ago.
Durst, 78, was convicted in The angels Superior Court last month for first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman completely blank in the head at her home in December 2000.

Durst is silent on Ms Berman to prevent her from offending him in the reopened investigation into his wife’s disappearance in 1982 in New York, prosecutors said.

New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more than two decades ago.
Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the murder of his best friend Susan Berman. (AP)

Berman provided a false alibi to Durst when Kathie Durst disappeared, prosecutors said.

Thirst testified that he did not kill any of the women, but said at cross-examination that he would lie if he had.

Prosecutors also provided evidence that he intentionally killed a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, in 2001, even though he had been acquitted of murder in that case after testifying he shot the man in self-defense.

Robert Durst and Susan Berman, daughter of a Las Vegas mobster who was found face down in an LA pool.
Robert Durst and Susan Berman, daughter of a Las Vegas mobster who was found face down in an LA pool. (Delivered)

Durst is the grandson of Joseph Durst, who founded the Durst Organization, one of Manhattan’s largest commercial real estate companies.

His father, Seymour, took the reins of the business and later left control of it to a younger brother, Douglas.

Durst settled his share of the family fortune and was estimated by prosecutors to have $ 100 million.

Durst’s lawyer said they plan to appeal.

Durst, who has many medical problems, was rolled into the courtroom to be convicted in a wheelchair wearing brown prison scrubbers.

His eyes were wide open and he stared catatonic.

Several of the jurors returned to the courtroom to witness the verdict and sat on the jury.

The trial began in March 2020 and was postponed for 14 months when the coronavirus pandemic swept the United States and courts were closed.

It resumed in May with the jury reaching its verdict on September 17th.

Kathie Durst has never been found. Durst has never been charged with a crime related to her disappearance.

But after his verdict in Mrs. Berman’s death, which was based on evidence that he killed his wife, a prosecutor in New York is now prepared to charge him in her death, a person familiar with the case told the Associated Pressure on condition of anonymity.

Kathleen Durst disappeared in 1982. Her husband Robert Durst was suspected but was never charged with her presumed death.
Kathleen Durst disappeared in 1982. Her husband Robert Durst was suspected but was never charged with her presumed death. (Delivered)

Mrs Durst’s family had hoped to present statements to the court about their loss, but prosecutors rejected the request, according to emails sent to their lawyer.

Attorney Robert Abrams said the family was disappointed and that he was furious. He said family members would not attend the verdict.

“The family will not travel 3,000 miles to be a prop in some Hollywood production and sit there and not be able to make their statements about the consequences for their victim,” Abrams said.

“This is not a movie where it’s a big play.

“This is their life, and they have suffered for 40 years.”

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office did not return a message seeking comment.

Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said it was questionable whether Mrs. Durst was a victim in the Los Angeles case because Durst was not charged with her murder.

Allowing his siblings to speak at sentencing would create another problem for an appeal.

Defense attorneys argued in court papers that Durst deserved a new trial, saying there was not enough evidence to prove the case and listed 15 ways the judge erred.

Judge Mark Windham dismissed the motion, saying the prosecution had overwhelming evidence and proved Durst’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt in at least five ways, including several concessions Durst made.

He rejected all the arguments that he had judged incorrectly.

“You said the court erred so many times that it made me feel self-conscious,” Judge Windham said.

The proposal was primarily to preserve issues of appeal and likely to fail, Levenson said, although some of their arguments could get the attention of a higher court.

The defense said Judge Windham should have declared a trial when the jury was sent home and the case adjourned.

They said the length of the delay was unprecedented.

They also protested against testimonies and exhibits showing that when Durst was arrested in New Orleans in 2015, he had a mask, fake identification, drugs, $ 40,000 and a loaded gun in his hotel room.

They also protested against showing a jury a feature film, All good things based on Durst’s life and starring Ryan Gosling as him and Kirsten Dunst as Mrs. Durst.

They wrongly said that the jurors were shown the six-part documentary, The Jinx: Robert Durst’s Life and Crimes, though the jurors were shown excerpts, including a portion, which many took as a confession.

For a moment outside the camera, but with a live microphone, Durst mumbled, “Killed them all, of course.”

State Attorney John Lewin was asked by a reporter after the verdict what he had to say to Durst.

Lewin, who was aggressive and often scrapped with defense attorney Dick DeGuerin during the six years it took from arrest to conviction, initially said he had nothing to say to the man he had been persecuting for years.

He then called Durst a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his wife and … had to keep killing to hide it.”

“He’s 78 years old. He’s been walking around for a long time,” Mr Lewin said.

“He had a lot more of a life, you know, Kathie did not make 30.

“Balanced considering what he’s done, he got a lot more life than he was entitled to.”

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