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Robert Durst faces the jury as he and his attorneys appear in an Inglewood courtroom for the prosecution’s first closing arguments in the murder trial of the New York real estate scion charged with killing longtime friend Susan Bermans in Benedict Canyon shortly before have Christmas Eve 2000. Inglewood Courthouse on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Inglewood, CA.
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Disgraced New York real estate heir Robert Durst has contracted Covid-19 and is currently on a ventilator, his attorney told NBC News.
“Everything we know tested positive for Covid-19, he’s in the hospital and on a ventilator,” Dick DeGuerin told the point of sale. “He looked terrible on Thursday, the worst I’ve ever seen. He had difficulty breathing, he had difficulty speaking.”
The diagnosis comes just two days after Durst, 78, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a close friend more than two decades ago. The jury sentenced Durst last month for the death of Susan Berman, who was shot in the back of the head at her home on December 23, 2000.
Prosecutors said Berman should speak to police about a fake alibi they allegedly gave to the estate heir after his wife’s disappearance in 1982. (Kathie Durst was never found and was believed to be dead.)
Durst then went into hiding in Galveston, Texas, where he dressed up as a woman named Dorothy Ciner, NBC News reported.
Durst also killed and later dismembered his neighbor Morris Black in September 2001 in Texas, but was acquitted in court on self-defense claims.
However, the limelight on Durst was brought back into the spotlight after a 2015 HBO series, “The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst,” in which he appeared to confess the murders.
A microphone that carried thirst picked him up in the bathroom while he whispered to himself, “You got caught! What the hell did I do? Killed everyone, of course.”
Durst was arrested in New Orleans in 2015.