Robert Durst hospitalized amid California murder trial, lawyer says


Accused killer and New York real estate heir Robert Durst was hospitalized for an unspecified medical issue amid his murder trial in California on Thursday, his attorney said.

Durst’s murder trial, which has been ongoing since mid-May, was adjourned because of his sudden medical episode behind bars, where he’s being held pending the outcome of the trial.

“He was taken to the hospital this morning. We have very little information about his condition,” his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told The Post in an email.

Durst, 78, was diagnosed with bladder cancer prior to the trial and has appeared in the Los Angeles court room in a wheelchair throughout the proceedings, which are set to resume Monday.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewins presents opening arguments with a photo displayed of Susan Berman during Robert Durst's murder trial at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin presents opening arguments with a photo of Susan Berman during Robert Durst’s murder trial at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
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He’s accused of gunning down his longtime confidant Susan Berman at her Los Angeles home soon before Christmas in 2000.

Durst, the one-time heir to a vast real estate fortune in New York, allegedly executed Berman to ensure she wouldn’t reveal information about him killing his ex-wife, Kathie Durst, in 1982, prosecutors allege.

Durst has pleaded not guilty.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewin speaks during the second day of opening statements of Robert Durst's murder trial on March 5, 2020.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin speaks during the second day of opening statements of Robert Durst’s murder trial on March 5, 2020.
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His attorneys acknowledged he found Berman’s body at her home in the Benedict Canyon section of Los Angeles.

During opening statements of the trial, which was postponed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeGuerin stressed there is little evidence linking Durst to the slaying — and that the burden of proof lies with the prosecutors.

“The evidence isn’t there,” he told jurors. “Bob Durst did not kill Susan Berman, and he does not know who did.”

Robert Durst's first wife, Kathleen "Kathie" McCormack disappeared in 1982. The couple is seen in an old photograph here.
Robert Durst’s first wife, Kathleen “Kathie” McCormack, disappeared in 1982. The couple is seen in an old photograph here.
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Prosecutors have painted him as a homicidal recluse, who killed his ex-wife, Berman and later his neighbor in Texas, who had found out his identity and attempted to blackmail him.

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