Judge refuses to halt Robert Durst’s L.A. murder trial over health concerns


A Los Angeles judge on Monday denied a request by defense lawyers seeking to indefinitely halt the high-profile murder trial of elderly New York real estate scion Robert Durst on the grounds he is gravely ill with cancer and other health problems.

Durst, 78, is charged with the December 2000 murder of his long-time confidant, Susan Berman, a writer he is accused of fatally shooting because of what she might have known about the unsolved disappearance and presumed killing of his wife two decades earlier.

Prosecutors have said Durst’s 2015 arrest in the Berman case was hastened by his apparent confession to multiple killings in an Emmy award-winning, HBO television documentary series “The Jinx.”

Durst’s lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, argued on Monday his client’s health has grown “much worse” in the 14 months since the trial was suspended last March due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed shortly after testimony began.

The emergency defense motion for indefinite…

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