Robert Durst to be sentenced for the murder of Susan Berman

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Robert Durst to be sentenced for the murder of Susan Berman

Robert Durst is set to learn Thursday whether he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of his longtime pal Susan Berman.

The 78-year-old New York real estate heir is facing a life sentence without parole when his hearing gets underway in Los Angeles Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Durst was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for shooting Berman point-blank in the back of the head in her LA home just before Christmas in 2000.

Prosecutors argued he killed his best friend and confidant to stop her from telling police about a fake alibi she provided after his wife, Kathie Durst, disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.

Kathie has never been found and Durst hasn’t ever been charged in connection to her disappearance.  

During his trial, prosecutors made the argument that Durst killed his wife and then murdered Berman to cover his tracks.

The verdict for whether or not Robert Durst will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Susan Berman is expected to be handed down on October 14, 2021.
The verdict on whether Robert Durst will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Susan Berman is expected to be announced on October 14, 2021.
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Prosecutors argued that Durst, whose family is behind real estate giant The Durst Organization, was planning to flee the country after an incriminating HBO documentary about the alleged murders aired.

Durst was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans a day before the final episode aired.

His trial was shown the elaborate head-to-shoulder prosthetic mask and fake IDs Durst planned to use to conceal his identity when he made a run for it.

Coverage of Robert Durst's missing wife Kathleen Durst from November 11, 2000.
Coverage of Robert Durst’s missing wife, Kathleen Durst, from November 11, 2000.
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Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian holds a rubber latex mask, donned by Robert Durst when police arrested him
Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian holds a latex mask worn by Robert Durst when police arrested him.
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After his conviction, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin described Durst as a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his wife and … had to keep killing to cover it up.”

“He’s 78 years old. He’s been walking around for a long time. He had a lot more of a life, you know, Kathie didn’t make 30. On balance, considering what he’s done, he got a lot more of a life than he was entitled to,” Lewin said.

Durst’s trial first kicked off in March last year but was forced to adjourn for 14 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to prosecutors, Susan Berman was going to tell authorities that Robert Durst had killed his wife
According to prosecutors, Susan Berman was going to tell authorities that Robert Durst had killed his wife.
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It resumed in May this year before the jury reached their verdict on Sept. 17.

In the wake of his guilty verdict in Berman’s death, a Westchester County prosecutor is prepared to seek charges against him in his wife’s death, a source told the Associated Press.

Durst testified during his LA trial that he did not kill his wife or best friend.

Susan Berman (left) and her friend Robert Durst.
Susan Berman (left) and her friend Robert Durst.
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Prosecutors are set to impanel a grand jury in the coming weeks to hear evidence against Durst in his wife’s disappearance.

With Post wires

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