The murder trial of the real estate sprout Robert Durst in Los Angeles, which had been suspended for more than four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, was postponed to April 12 on Friday.
The jury heard opening statements and testimony for two days before the case was put on ice in mid-March due to concerns about COVID-19. The 77-year-old thirst is accused of shooting his long-time girlfriend Susan Berman at her home in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles in December 2000.
At a hearing on July 17, the chief prosecutor in Durst's case asked the defense to consider whether there should be a break in the trial until mid-April or whether the judge could hear the case without a jury.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin then noted that the jury could be directed to return to court in mid-April instead of being bothered by a "permanent delay in installments," which could delay the trial date from the coronavirus due to spreading concerns .
Defense lawyers who raised concerns about the health risks to the negotiators and delays that could tarnish the jury's memories of evidence presented before the case was closed, met with thirst to discuss the proposals before making a decision the further procedure was taken.
The pandemic forced court officials to close the district courthouses for all but time-critical matters.
In an opening speech in March, the prosecutor alleged that Durst killed Berman after telling him that she would speak to investigators who are investigating the still unsolved disappearance of his first wife, Kathie, in 1982.
Thirst was acquitted of murder in Texas after he testified that he killed his neighbor Morris Black in September 2001 for self-defense. The Los Angeles County Prosecutor's Office claims that Durst was in Galveston, Texas when he pretended to be a silent woman after the authorities launched a new investigation into what had happened to Kathie Durst.
In his opening speech, the defendant's chief lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, informed the jury that thirst was panicking after finding Berman's body in her home when he visited her on vacation. Durst wrote an anonymous "corpse note," which was then sent to the Beverly Hills police to find her body, DeGuerin said, noting that Durst would testify in his own defense.
Durst was featured in a six-part HBO television series "The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst", in which the accused was later recorded with the words "There it is, you are caught" and "everyone killed". of course. & # 39; & # 39;
Thirst has been behind bars since March 14, 2015, when he was arrested in a New Orleans hotel room hours before the HBO series aired the last episode, in which Kathie's disappearance and the murders of Berman and Black were investigated.
Durst has long been estranged from his property-rich family, known for owning a number of New York City skyscrapers – including an investment in the World Trade Center. He separated from the family when his younger brother ran the family business, which resulted in a protracted litigation.
According to various media reports, Durst finally reached an agreement after which the family paid him $ 60-65 million.