Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday for the murder of his longtime pal Susan Berman.
The 78-year-old actual property tycoon was discovered responsible final month of first-degree murder for taking pictures Berman point-blank in the again of the pinnacle in her LA house simply earlier than Christmas in 2000.
Prosecutors argued he killed his greatest friend and confidant to cease her from telling police a couple of pretend alibi she offered after his spouse, Kathie McCormack Durst, disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.
“This crime was a witness killing and a circumstance of that crime was the denial of justice to the McCormack family,” Judge Mark Windham stated earlier than issuing the sentence.
“And they suffered terribly due to Kathie’s killing and saw her maligned and denied justice.”
Kathie was finally declared legally lifeless, however Durst was by no means charged with the crime.
The actual property inheritor appeared masked in court docket in a wheelchair wanting frail, his hair unkempt and his eyes forged downward. He sat slouched and slumped, his head leaning on the again of the seat for most of the listening to.
Attorneys for Durst had argued for a brand new trial however that request was rejected by the decide in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The decide spoke of Berman after relations mentioned their loss.
“Susan Berman was an extraordinary human being. I personally wish I could have known her,” Windham stated. “I feel like I got to know her vicariously far too late and under terrible circumstances, but she was an extraordinary human being and killing her was a terrible loss to our community.”
Prosecutors argued that Durst, whose household is behind actual property big The Durst Organization, was planning to flee the nation after the HBO documentary “The Jinx” concerning the alleged murders aired.
Durst was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans a day earlier than the ultimate episode aired.
His trial was proven the frilly head-to-shoulder prosthetic masks and pretend IDs Durst deliberate to use to conceal his identification when he made a run for it.
After Durst’s conviction, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin described him as a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his wife and … had to keep killing to cover it up.”
“He’s 78 years old. He’s been walking around for a long time. He had a lot more of a life, you know, Kathie didn’t make 30. On balance, considering what he’s done, he got a lot more of a life than he was entitled to,” Lewin stated.
Durst’s trial first kicked off in March final yr however was pressured to adjourn for 14 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It resumed in May this yr earlier than the jury reached their verdict on Sept. 17.
In the wake of his responsible verdict in Berman’s demise, a Westchester County prosecutor is ready to search expenses in opposition to him in his spouse’s demise, a supply advised the Associated Press.
Durst testified throughout his LA trial that he didn’t kill his spouse or greatest friend.
Prosecutors are set to impanel a grand jury in the approaching weeks to hear proof in opposition to Durst in his spouse’s disappearance.