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Robert Durst admitted to hospital and again postponed his murder trial

Robert Durst has a device to read the spoken text in real time while appearing in the courtroom of Judge Mark E. Windham, while the lawyer begins to open statements in the trial of the broker charged with the murder on longtime friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles County. Supreme Court in Inglewood, California, on May 18, 2021. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

LOS ANGELES – Robert Durst, the multimillionaire heir who is on trial for the murder of his best friend, was admitted to hospital on Thursday for an unspecified health issue.

Judge Mark E. Windham, Los Angeles High Court, said in court that Durst was sent to a hospital in the prison system due to an incident this morning regarding his health, “the Los Angeles Times report.

Windham said prison staff found the 78-year-old “off” on Thursday morning and not in his wheelchair. The judge dismissed the jury and delayed the trial until Monday morning.

Chip Lewis, one of Durst’s attorneys, had no information about his client’s condition. “All we know is that he was admitted to the hospital earlier this morning,” Lewis wrote in an email to the Times.

Thirst has been wheeled to court every morning since the trial resumed last month after a 14-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder of his friend Susan Berman, who was shot in the back of the head in December 2000 at her home in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say he silenced Berman before she could tell police she helped him kill his wife, Kathie, in 1982 in New York.

Susan Berman (L) and Robert Durst
Susan Berman (L) and Robert Durst
Susan Berman (L) and Robert Durst pose somewhere in the mid to late 1990s. (Thanks to Sareb Kaufman / HBO)

Durst, an eccentric worth more than an estimated $ 100 million, is being held without bail. He is only charged with the murder of Berman, but prosecutors use the disappearance of his wife and the killing of the neighbor in Texas to expand their case against him.

The issues were the subject of the HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

Robert Durst
Robert Durst
New York real estate visitor Robert Durst will appear in court in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2020. (Etienne Laurent / Getty Images)


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