Robert Durst, the true property inheritor who was sentenced to life in jail for homicide on Thursday, may be very sick with COVID-19 and has been positioned on a ventilator, his lawyer advised HuffPost on Saturday.
“I was very concerned about his condition Thursday in court. He was having difficulty breathing and speaking and was very weak,” lawyer Dick DeGuerin wrote in an e-mail, noting that he was getting examined for the illness as a precaution.
Durst, 78, slumped down in his wheelchair and appeared to have issue speaking within the courtroom, talking in a hoarse voice. He had been convicted in September for the execution-style killing of his good friend Susan Berman in 2000.
Prosecutors allege that Durst feared Berman would hand over details about the mysterious 1982 disappearance of his first spouse, Kathleen McCormack, who’s presumed useless.
While he was as soon as the inheritor obvious to the Durst household’s New York actual property enterprise ― the household owns a few of Manhattan’s most prestigious property ― Durst’s risky persona proved unsuitable. His youthful brother, Douglas Durst, took over the enterprise as a substitute.
A 2015 HBO documentary about Durst, “The Jinx,” helped convey consideration to the weird circumstances of his life and household historical past.
Durst went to trial for homicide in 2003 in a separate killing, after he moved to Texas and commenced living in disguise. Durst ultimately admitted to dismembering his neighbor, Morris Black, and dumping the components of his physique in a waterway. In Durst’s telling, he was attempting to defend himself when Black’s gun went off and killed him.
He was acquitted of the killing, serving solely round one 12 months in jail for skipping out on his bail.
Durst is presently dealing with renewed scrutiny over his suspected function within the dying of McCormack; a New York prosecutor is reportedly in search of to indict him.
This week, relations of Berman’s implored Durst to disclose no matter he is aware of in regards to the location of McCormack’s physique shortly earlier than a Los Angeles choose handed down his sentence.