Millionaire real estate scion Robert Durst has been charged in suburban New York City for the death of his ex-wife, Cathy Durst, who went missing in 1982, officials confirmed Friday.

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A state police investigator filed a criminal complaint Tuesday in a town court in Lewisboro, New York, accusing Durst of second-degree murder.


The action was not announced at the time by any law enforcement officers or by Westchester District Attorney Mimi Roca, who recently convened a grand jury to consider the charges.

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Robert Durst hospitalized on ventilator

His office said in a statement Friday, “The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office can confirm that a complaint was filed with Robert Durst in Lewisboro Town Court on October 19, 2021, alleging the murder of Kathleen Durst. We have no further comment at this time.” .

Grand was placed on the panel last week and has begun hearing testimony from witnesses, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press this week. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.

Robert Durst has a device for reading spoken scripts in real time as he confronts Judge Mark E. during court proceedings at his murder trial at Inglewood Courthouse on May 18, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. In front of Windham. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty.) imag

The grand jury process was expected to take several weeks.

A message seeking comment was left for Durst’s attorney and Cathy Durst’s family.

Robert Durst, 78, was sentenced to life in prison without parole last week For the murder of a confidant, whom prosecutors say he helped cover up the murder of Cathy Durst. Los Angeles Prosecutors say Durst shot Susan Berman In 2000 as she was preparing to confess her role to the police.

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Durst, who has multiple medical problems, sat in a wheelchair during most of the sentencing hearings and in the days since was hospitalized on a ventilator after testing positive for COVID-19, one of his lawyers said. he said.

Cathy Durst was 29 when she disappeared on January 31, 1982.

His body was never found. At the request of her family, she was declared legally dead in 2017. Robert Durst divorced Cathy Durst in 1990, citing abandonment.

His disappearance was not alleged until this week, despite years of efforts to close the case. Officers reopened the case in 1999, searching a lake and the couple’s home.