- The New York actual property inheritor is serving a life sentence after his September conviction for the 2000 homicide of his finest pal, Susan Berman.
- Kathie Durst disappeared on the evening of Jan. 31, 1982, following an argument together with her husband. Her physique has by no means been discovered.
Millionaire actual property inheritor Robert Durst was indicted Monday by a New York grand jury for the homicide of his spouse Kathie, who disappeared from their South Salem cottage following an argument practically 4 many years in the past.
The 78-year-old Scarsdale native is at present in a California state jail hospital facility. He’s serving a life sentence following his conviction in September for first-degree murder within the December 2000 deadly taking pictures of his finest pal, Susan Berman, at her Los Angeles residence.
Jurors agreed with Los Angeles prosecutors that Berman helped Durst cowl up the Jan. 31, 1982, killing of his 29-year-old spouse and that he sought to silence her when he realized investigators had been taking a contemporary take a look at Kathie’s disappearance.
The grand jury in Westchester County Courtroom heard proof within the case over two weeks and charged Durst with second-degree homicide. The indictment was handed as much as state Supreme Courtroom Justice Barry Warhit, who signed an arrest warrant that shall be lodged with California jail officers as Durst’s extradition is sought.
Durst suffers from quite a lot of medical circumstances together with bladder and esophageal most cancers. Whether or not he would struggle extradition was unclear. One in all his attorneys within the L.A. case, Dick DeGuerin, mentioned final week that he was not representing Durst in New York and it couldn’t instantly be decided who could be Durst’s lawyer within the Westchester case.
Westchester District Legal professional Mimi Rocah mentioned the investigation into Durst’s involvement in his spouse’s disappearance was “reinvigorated” 10 months in the past when she took workplace and began the Chilly Case Bureau.
“When Kathleen Durst disappeared on January 31, 1982, her household and pals had been left with ache, anguish and questions which have contributed to their unfaltering pursuit of justice for the final 39 years,” she mentioned in an announcement. “Due to the unimaginable laborious work of our Assistant District Attorneys, the District Legal professional’s Prison Investigators and the New York State Police, now we have taken an enormous step ahead within the pursuit of justice for Kathie Durst, her household and victims of home violence in every single place.
“For practically 4 many years there was quite a lot of hypothesis about this case, a lot of it fueled by Robert Durst’s personal extremely publicized statements,” she added. “An indictment is an important step within the means of holding wrongdoers accountable for his or her actions.”
Kathie Durst’s physique has by no means been discovered. And, till two weeks in the past, there had by no means been a prison cost within the case. When Durst was reported to have contracted COVID-19, a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree murder was filed Oct. 19 in Lewisboro City Courtroom even because the grand jury was listening to the case.
Her disappearance got here as she was reportedly pursuing a divorce following what her relations and pals described as abuse by the hands of her husband.
Durst was the black sheep of a multi-billion greenback Manhattan actual property empire. Though the eldest baby in his household, he was handed over for management of the Durst Group in favor of his brother Douglas, within the Nineteen Nineties, cementing an estrangement that continues. He ultimately obtained greater than $60 million to settle a lawsuit introduced in opposition to his brother and household trusts.
His undoing started a decade in the past when he agreed to cooperate with the producers of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”, a six-part HBO documentary that aired in early 2015.
Durst was arrested on the L.A. homicide cost that March on the eve of the airing of the ultimate episode, which concluded with Durst in a toilet carrying a scorching mic and saying “What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, in fact.”
However these two sentences weren’t mentioned collectively and even in that order, however had been edited out of a rambling monologue, so it was unclear whether or not they had been taken by jurors as a confession.