Durst Faces Murder Charges in Death of His Former Wife

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LOS ANGELES—Robert Durst, the New York existent property heir who was sentenced to beingness successful situation without parole past week for murdering a confidante successful Benedict Canyon, was charged successful New York with the decease of his erstwhile wife, Kathie Durst, who vanished successful 1982, authorities confirmed Oct. 22.

Durst is accused of second-degree murder successful a transgression ailment filed Tuesday by a authorities constabulary researcher astatine a tribunal successful Lewisboro, New York.

“The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office tin corroborate that a ailment charging Robert Durst with the execution of Kathleen Durst was filed successful Lewisboro Town Court connected October 19, 2021. We person nary further remark astatine this time,” Mimi Rocah, Westchester territory attorney, posted connected Twitter Friday morning.

In Los Angeles Superior Court, Durst, 78, was convicted Sept. 17 of first-degree execution for shooting Susan Berman successful her location successful December 2000.

Prosecutors said Durst killed Berman to forestall her from incriminating him successful a renewed constabulary probe of Kathie Durst’s disappearance.

Durst is the grandson of Joseph Durst, laminitis of the Durst Organization, 1 of Manhattan’s largest commercialized existent property firms.

Prosecutors estimation that Robert Durst’s stock of the household luck was $100 million.

In the days since helium was convicted of murdering Berman, Durst has been hospitalized connected a ventilator aft investigating affirmative for COVID-19.

Kathie Durst was 29 erstwhile she disappeared connected Jan. 31, 1982. Her assemblage was ne'er recovered and she was declared legally dead, astatine her family’s request, successful 2017. Robert Durst divorced Kathie Durst successful 1990 citing abandonment.

He was ne'er charged successful her disappearance contempt a fig of efforts to adjacent the case. Investigators reopened the lawsuit successful 1999, searching a water and the couple’s home. During his Los Angeles execution trial, Durst repeated denied having immoderate engagement successful his wife’s disappearance and presumed death.

Shortly aft the verdict, Kathie Durst’s household issued a connection successful which they said, “Today, much than ever before, it is wide that she was murdered by Robert Durst successful Westchester County, New York, connected January 31, 1982. The grounds is overwhelming. Although Durst has present been rightly convicted of sidesplitting Susan Berman, who helped him conceal the information astir Kathie’s death, the McCormack household is inactive waiting for justice. Kathie is inactive waiting for justice.”

“The justness strategy successful Los Angeles has yet served the Berman family. It is present clip for Westchester to bash the aforesaid for the McCormack household and complaint Durst for the execution of his wife, Kathie, which occurred astir 40 years ago. They person had interviews, statements and documents for months,” the household said successful its statement.

Durst has been down bars since March 14, 2015, erstwhile helium was taken into custody successful a New Orleans edifice country hours earlier the airing of the last occurrence of the six-part HBO documentary bid “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which examined the disappearance of Kathie Durst and the shooting deaths of Berman and Morris Black, Durst’s then-neighbor successful Texas successful precocious 1982.

Durst was tried for Black’s sidesplitting and dismemberment, but helium was acquitted, arguing that the weapon went disconnected accidentally during a struggle.

Prosecutors successful that lawsuit besides alleged that Black had figured retired Durst’s existent identity. Durst was successful hiding astatine the time.

City News Service