Robert Durst is ready to study Thursday whether or not he’ll spend the remainder of his life behind bars for the murder of his longtime pal Susan Berman.
The 78-year-old New York actual property inheritor is going through a life sentence with out parole when his listening to will get underway in Los Angeles Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. native time.
Durst was discovered responsible final month of first-degree murder for capturing Berman point-blank within the again of the top in her LA residence simply earlier than Christmas in 2000.
Prosecutors argued he killed his greatest friend and confidant to cease her from telling police a few faux alibi she supplied after his spouse, Kathie Durst, disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.
Kathie has by no means been discovered and Durst hasn’t ever been charged in connection to her disappearance.
During his trial, prosecutors made the argument that Durst killed his spouse after which murdered Berman to cowl his tracks.
Prosecutors argued that Durst, whose household is behind actual property large The Durst Organization, was planning to flee the nation after an incriminating HBO documentary in regards to 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 faux IDs Durst deliberate to use to conceal his identification when he made a run for it.
After his conviction, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin described Durst 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 mentioned.
Durst’s trial first kicked off in March final 12 months however was pressured to adjourn for 14 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It resumed in May this 12 months 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 prices in opposition to him in his spouse’s demise, a supply instructed 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 within the coming weeks to hear proof in opposition to Durst in his spouse’s disappearance.