Robert Durst on ventilator with COVID – days after being sentenced to life in prison for murder

US real estate heir Robert Durst has tested positive for COVID-19 and is on a ventilator in hospital – days after being sentenced to life in prison for murdering a friend in 2000.
The 78-year-old had appeared to be ill during his murder trial and subsequent sentencing – and his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told NBC News that he was the “worst I’ve ever seen him” on Thursday.

Mr DeGuerin added: “He was having difficulty breathing, he was having difficulty speaking.”

Image: Durst was sentenced to life in prison
Durst was convicted last month of murdering Susan Berman in December 2000, who was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head at her home.
The circumstances surrounding her killing had been a mystery for 15 years, but Durst was arrested after taking part in a documentary called The Jinx that unearthed new evidence and caught him in a stunning confession.

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His trial had begun in March 2020 but was adjourned for 14 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prosecutors said that Ms Berman had helped Durst provide a false alibi in relation to the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack in 1982.

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It was alleged that the multimillionaire killed Ms Berman to prevent her from revealing this to police.
Durst, a cancer survivor who uses a wheelchair, spent 15 days testifying during the trial, claiming he had found his friend’s body when he went to visit her.

Image: Durst was convicted of the murder of his friend Susan Berman in 2000. Pic: AP
While Durst – believed to be worth $100m (£73m) – was only on trial for killing Ms Berman, prosecutors believe he murdered two others: his wife and a neighbour in Texas who discovered his identity while he was hiding from police.
Durst has never been charged in the disappearance of Ms McCormack, who was a 29-year-old medical student when she vanished. He has long been a suspect and the case was reopened in May.
Regarding the murder and dismemberment of Texas neighbour Morris Black in 2001, Durst was tried but acquitted.
Durst had still been wearing a live microphone after his interview in The Jinx and was heard saying to himself in the bathroom “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course” – evidence that helped build the case against him.

Source : Sky News