Robert Durst, 78, is in a jail hospital after an ‘incident’ involving his well being behind bars, the decide presiding over his ongoing homicide trial mentioned on Thursday when he dismissed the jury for an extended weekend.
‘Mr Durst isn’t right here,’ Decide Mark E. Windham mentioned. ‘We perceive he’s within the jail hospital due to some incident this morning involving his well being.’
However the prosecutor and Durst’s lawyer are debating if it is legit or a stall tactic, in keeping with Lawandcrime.com, who was the primary to report the breaking information.
Durst is on trial for allegedly killing Susan Berman, 55, in an execution-style taking pictures in 2000. Prosecutors imagine Berman had info on his spouse Kathie Durst’s disappearance, which can have motivated Durst to allegedly homicide her.
Robert Durst was hospitalized throughout Thursday’s court docket look
Protection attorneys Dick DeGuerin (R) and David Z. Chesnoff (L) alter Robert Durst’s wheelchair as he faces jurors as attorneys start opening statements in his homicide trial at Inglewood Courthouse on Might 18, 2021
Durst is in Los Angeles jail on expenses of murdering Susan Berman, his longtime pal (collectively left), to whom he allegedly admitted to killing his spouse. Pictured proper: Seymour Durst, Robert Durst’s father
Protection attorneys needed to postpone the trial indefinitely, citing Durst’s bladder most cancers prognosis, lawandcrime.com reported.
He has appeared all through trial in a wheelchair.
Cathy Russon of Regulation & Crime Community, who was within the courtroom Thursday when the jury was despatched house, tweeted Deputy District Lawyer John Lewin’s response to the postponement.
‘Prosecutor Lewin says Durst has been recorded in earlier jail calls saying he was going to pretend dementia. Lewin says he is unsure if at the moment is pretend or actual. Decide says Durst “was down, he was not in his chair,”‘ Russon tweeted.
Lewin declined remark when DailyMail.com known as him, however lawandcrime.com reported that Lewin informed the decide in court docket, ‘I don’t know whether or not that is professional or not, however.’
Windham is taking the matter severely, saying, ‘He wouldn’t be taken to the hospital with no professional query as to well being,’ lawandcrime.com reported.
‘The circumstances this morning had been that he was – he was down. He was— he was not in his chair,’ the decide mentioned.
Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin mentioned in an e mail to DailyMail.com the Durst was hospitalized this morning however did not say why. As of two:20pm, DeGuerin mentioned there isn’t any replace on in Durst’s situation.
In a Might interview with DailyMail.com, DeGuerin expressed considerations about Durst’s well being saying, ‘His well being has deteriorated alarmingly over the previous fourteen months for the reason that trial was shut down at first of the Covid pandemic.
‘I am involved about whether or not he can face up to the pains of trial.
‘We’re persevering with our request for mistrial via a Writ to the appellate courts, which suggests we have now appealed the trial court docket’s denial of our newest movement for mistrial.’
Prosecutors have mentioned Durst (pictured with Kathleen Durst) shot Berman due to what she knew concerning the destiny of his partner, whom authorities have mentioned they presume was slain by Durst
The case of the lacking spouse of actual property inheritor Robert Durst is being reopened by investigators
The trial is ready scheduled to renew on Monday, in keeping with the Los Angeles Superior Courtroom.
Durst is the son of billionaire New York actual property mogul Seymour Durst, is charged with the December 2000 slaying of his finest pal, Susan Berman, in her Los Angeles house.
The true property inheritor was the topic of The Jinx, an HBO documentary that ends with Durst seemingly confessing to homicide.
Durst has been in jail since 2015 on expenses associated to Berman’s dying, together with his trial in her homicide resuming in mid Might.
He had admitted to fatally taking pictures and dismembering his 71-year-old neighbor Morris Black in 2001, however he was acquitted of his homicide in 2003 after claiming self protection.
However Lewis mentioned the killing of Berman and Durst’s admission that he had killed Black are each tied to the thriller of Kathie Durst.
Her physique has by no means been discovered and Robert has not been charged along with her dying, although authorities imagine he’s doubtless accountable, in keeping with the New York Post.
‘The whole lot begins with Kathie Durst’s disappearance and dying by the hands of Mr. Durst,’ Lewin mentioned.