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Durst Ordered to Stand Trial for LA Murder

He's accused of shooting a friend 18 years ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 26, 2018 12:22 AM CDT
In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 photo, real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch for a pre-trial motions hearing in Los Angeles.   (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
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(Newser) – Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was the subject of a television documentary series, was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the murder of his close friend in Los Angeles 18 years ago. A judge ruled that there is enough evidence to try the eccentric 75-year-old multimillionaire for the point-blank shooting of Susan Berman at her home, the AP reports. Durst has pleaded not guilty. Durst allegedly killed Berman, his friend from college and the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, to keep her from telling police what she knew about his wife's 1982 disappearance in New York, prosecutors contend. Kathleen Durst has been missing for more than 35 years and is presumed dead.

Robert Durst, who has never been charged with a crime related to his wife's disappearance, has denied killing either woman. Durst remains jailed without bail and was ordered back to court Nov. 8 for arraignment. Durst was arrested in New Orleans in March 2015, just hours before the airing of the final episode of HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. The documentary examined the disappearance of his wife, and the killings of Berman and a Texas neighbor, Morris Black, in 2001. A jury acquitted him of Black's murder after finding that the killing was in self-defense. The HBO series created a sensation after he was heard during the finale muttering to himself on a live microphone: "You're caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." (Durst says he was on meth during the entire time the documentary was being filmed.)


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