Robert Durst should face a homicide trial within the 2000 killing of his longtime pal, a choose dominated on Thursday at a listening to interrupted at instances by outbursts from Durst, who was the topic of an HBO documentary, “The Jinx.”
Durst, a 75-year-old multi-millionaire, was arrested in 2015 and charged with homicide within the capturing dying of his confidante Susan Berman.
Prosecutors say Durst killed Berman as a result of she may implicate him within the homicide of his spouse, who vanished in 1982 when the couple was dwelling in New York Metropolis.
The grandson of a rich New York actual property tycoon has pleaded harmless to Berman’s homicide. He may have an opportunity to once more enter a plea at a second arraignment scheduled for Nov. 8.
Los Angeles Decide Mark Windham, on the conclusion of an almost two-week preliminary listening to throughout which prosecutors introduced proof, ordered Durst to face trial on a cost of homicide with the particular circumstances that he used a gun and killed a witness by ambushing her.
Windham mentioned Durst had incriminated himself via his personal statements, together with feedback he made in interviews for “The Jinx.”
“I order defendant to be held to reply subsequently with out bail till date of his arraignment,” the choose mentioned.
If convicted, Durst faces a most sentence of life in jail.
Durst repeatedly interrupted the listening to. At one level, throughout a pause in proceedings, he rolled backward in his wheelchair towards the closest door and mentioned: “And away we go. Bye! Have an excellent weekend!” The bailiff and considered one of his attorneys stopped him.
Attorneys for Durst argued on Thursday there was inadequate justification for a trial, with no fingerprints or DNA proof linking him to Berman’s dying.
Berman, 55, was discovered useless in Los Angeles at her residence on Dec. 24, 2000, shortly after it was revealed that police had reopened an investigation into the disappearance 18 years earlier of Durst’s spouse, Kathleen Durst.
Durst has by no means been charged with killing his spouse and her physique has not been discovered.
Durst’s ties to Berman’s dying, his spouse’s disappearance and a 2001 Texas slaying for which he was acquitted by a jury had been explored in “The Jinx,” a six-part sequence.
Within the finale, which aired in 2015, Durst was caught on microphone speaking to himself, saying: “What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, after all.”
“It is cryptic,” Windham mentioned on Thursday, in reference to Durst’s recorded remark. “However with out rationalization from the defendant, it operates as a succinct confession to murders with which he is been confronted.”
Windham additionally mentioned he was swayed by Durst’s admissions that he authorized of the accuracy of 2010 characteristic movie “All Good Issues,” which was directed by the filmmaker who made “The Jinx” and was based mostly on Durst’s life.
Durst’s approving statements about “All Good Issues” had been important as a result of the movie portrayed Durst as a killer, prosecutors mentioned in courtroom papers submitted on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Caroline Anderson; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Enhancing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney)
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