Durst pleads not guilty on murder charge
Durst pleads not guilty on murder charge
Millionaire real estate mogul and sometimes-fugitive Robert Durst pleaded not guilty to the murder of writer Susan Berman in her Los Angeles-area home in 2000. Police believe Durst shot Berman to death after authorities in New York re-opened their investigation into the death of Durst’s first wife, Kathleen.

Berman, who was a college friend of Kathleen Durst, maintained significant contact with Robert Durst following Kathleen’s death. Berman’s body was discovered on December 24, 2000, in her home, just days before she was scheduled to be interviewed by New York investigators. Berman was also the daughter of a Las Vegas-based mobster who assumed control of the Flamingo Hotel after Bugsy Siegel was murdered.

Durst took up residence in Texas, and was subsequently accused of the murder of a neighbor, whose body he dismembered and dumped in Galveston Bay. Durst disguised himself as a deaf-mute woman, but was captured by authorities and tried for the murder. He was acquitted by a jury.

Durst was arrested for Berman’s murder after he appeared on a six-episode HBO series called “The Jinx.” Durst reportedly made self-incriminating statements regarding the deaths of Berman and his wife. He was subsequently arrested and extradited to California to face murder charges for Berman’s death. Durst is next scheduled to appear in court in mid-February. Although Durst would be eligible for the death penalty if convicted, prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty in this case.

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