A Los Angeles jury discovered Robert Durst responsible of first-degree homicide within the execution-style killing of longtime buddy Susan Berman, who was shot within the head in 2000.
Durst, a 78-year-old inheritor to a New York industrial actual property empire, “deliberately discharged a handgun” and “triggered nice bodily damage and dying to Susan Berman,” in line with the decision on Friday.
The panel additionally discovered true special-circumstance allegations of homicide of a witness and mendacity in wait.
“The jury’s resolution demonstrates how our authorized system can work to carry accountable individuals no matter their wealth and standing in life,” Los Angeles County District Lawyer George Gascon mentioned in a press release . “I wish to commend our prosecution crew and investigators for his or her diligent work to finally convey justice for many who have been ready greater than 20 years.”
Durst, who pleaded not responsible, faces life in jail with out the choice for parole , in line with the New York Instances. A choose is predicted to condemn him on Oct. 18.
LATEX MASK SHOWCASED BY PROSECUTORS IN ROBERT DURST MURDER TRIAL
Durst was convicted of killing 55-year-old Berman on Dec. 23, 2000, by taking pictures her as soon as behind the top, Gascon’s workplace mentioned. Authorities found her physique in her dwelling on the sting of Beverly Hills on Christmas Eve.
Durst repeatedly denied the claims in opposition to him. On Sept. 1, Durst mentioned he didn’t know who killed Berman.
However in a 2015 HBO documentary collection, The Jinx, he appeared at one level to confess to a number of murders. Within the movie’s manufacturing, Durst was caught on movie saying , “What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, in fact.”
At some point earlier than the present’s remaining episode, Durst was arrested in Louisiana, the place authorities discovered him with a map of Cuba, cash, and a gun. After a 14-month recess as a result of coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors reconvened this month to point out the jury a latex masks that authorities discovered once they arrested the true property inheritor in New Orleans. Deputy District Lawyer Habib Balian mentioned Durst wore the masks as a disguise to evade seize from authorities in 2015.
“At trial, prosecutors mentioned the defendant murdered his buddy as a result of she knew particulars about what occurred to Durst’s spouse, Kathie, who disappeared on Jan. 31, 1982, whereas the couple lived in New York. She has by no means been discovered,” in line with Gascon’s workplace .
Durst has by no means been charged in connection along with his spouse’s disappearance and denied killing her. He admitted to killing and dismembering his Texas neighbor Morris Black in 2001 however was acquitted of homicide after making a self-defense argument.