Robert Durst requests new trial after homicide conviction in killing of good friend
Robert Durst, the actual property inheritor not too long ago convicted of killing his shut good friend and suspected of killing two others, together with his spouse, is asking for a brand new trial, alleging he was prevented from receiving a good shake in the course of the prolonged proceedings.
Attorneys for the 78-year-old filed papers Thursday asking a California court docket to order a brand new trial after Durst was discovered responsible of killing Susan Berman by a Los Angeles County jury final week.
Prosecutors alleged Durst killed Berman in 2000 earlier than she may speak with authorities about how she supplied a false alibi for him when his spouse, Kathie McCormack Durst, vanished in 1982. Throughout the trial, they accused him of killing his spouse after which eliminating Berman years later to cowl up the primary slaying. Kathie Durst has by no means been discovered and has been declared legally lifeless.
Of their submitting, protection legal professionals stated there was inadequate proof to convict their shopper.
“Particularly, there was inadequate proof to ascertain that Mr. Durst dedicated First Diploma Homicide and that he shot and killed Susan Berman with a firearm,” the submitting states, which was obtained by Law & Crime Network. “Furthermore, there was inadequate proof to ascertain the particular circumstance that Mr. Durst killed Susan Berman as a result of she was a ‘witness.'”
They famous that the lead investigator within the disappearance of Kathie Durst “discovered no proof to help that Mr. Durst killed Kathie Durst or that Susan Berman was a witness or assisted Mr. Durst in any felony regulation.”
Additionally they reiterated that no homicide weapon was ever recovered and that there was no forensic proof to show Durst killed his spouse or Berman.
“Right here, moderately than counting on forensic proof at trial, the prosecution largely relied on witnesses who supplied statements to regulation enforcement, a few years after Susan Berman’s loss of life,” court docket paperwork stated.
Additionally they offered an inventory of causes they imagine Durst was prevented from receiving a good trial, together with the prolonged delay of the proceedings, which had been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and proof of doable Kathie Durst sightings in New York Metropolis not being allowed to be offered to jurors.
Prosecutors additionally argued that the court docket erred by permitting jurors to see the “The Jinx,” an HBO documentary about Durst.
Durst has stated he regretted collaborating within the 2015 miniseries. Within the remaining episode, he was famously caught on a scorching mic saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, after all.”
A sentencing listening to for Durst is scheduled for Oct. 18.