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Convicted Murderer Robert Durst Dies In Prison At Age 78

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Millionaire actual property inheritor Robert Durst, who was convicted final yr of killing a good friend in her Benedict Canyon residence, has died in a California jail on the age of 78.

FILE — Robert Durst takes the stand and testifies in his homicide trial answering questions from protection legal professional Dick DeGuerin, left, on the Inglewood Courthouse on Aug. 9, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

In an announcement supplied to CBSLA Monday, Durst’s legal professional mentioned that he died of “natural causes associated with the litany of medical issues we had repeatedly reported to the court over the last couple of years.”

Durst died at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton.

After a trial which was delayed greater than a yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after which lasted 4 months, Durst was convicted in September by a Los Angeles  County jury of first-degree homicide within the Dec. 23, 2000, capturing dying of his longtime good friend and confidante Susan Berman in her Benedict Canyon residence. In October, he was sentenced to life in jail with out the opportunity of parole.

Prosecutors argued that Durst shot Berman after which his neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas, 9 months later — within the head as a result of every of them had damaging data towards him and feared they’d converse to authorities after a re-investigation was launched into the 1982 disappearance of his first spouse, Kathleen “Kathie” Durst, whose physique has by no means been discovered.

Then, only one week after being sentenced to life in jail, Durst was charged in New York City with the dying of Kathie Durst.

Kathie Durst was 29 when she vanished on Jan. 31, 1982. Her physique was by no means discovered. At the request of her household, she was declared legally lifeless in 2017. Robert Durst divorced Kathie Durst in 1990 citing abandonment.

He was not charged in her disappearance till this previous October regardless of a number of efforts through the years to shut the case. Authorities reopened the case in 1999, looking out a lake and the couple’s residence.

Durst had lengthy been estranged from his actual estate-rich household, which is understood for possession of a sequence of New York City skyscrapers together with an funding within the World Trade Center. He cut up with the household when his youthful brother was positioned answerable for the household enterprise, resulting in a drawn-out authorized battle and in the end reached a settlement during which the household reportedly paid him $60 million to $65 million.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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