The judge said Durst was sent to hospital for “an incident involving his health this morning”.
angel – Robert Durst, the heir to the multimillionaire real estate heiress in the murder trial of his best friend, was hospitalized Thursday for an unspecified health problem, according to the judge in the long-running trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham told court that Durst was sent to a hospital in the prison system for “some incident involving his health this morning”. Los Angeles Times Reported.
Windham said prison staff found the 78-year-old “down” and not in his wheelchair on Thursday morning. The judge dismissed the jury and delayed the proceedings to Monday morning.
Chip Lewis, one of Durst’s attorneys, had no idea about his client’s condition. “We all know he was hospitalized this morning,” Lewis wrote in an email to the Times.
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Durst has been taken to court every morning in a wheelchair since trials resumed last month after a 14-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of his friend Susan Berman, who was shot in the back of the head at her Los Angeles home in December 2000. Prosecutors say he silenced Berman before telling police that he helped cover up the 1982 murder of his wife, Cathy, in New York.
An eccentric Durst, estimated to be worth over $100 million, is being held without bail. He’s only been charged with Berman’s murder, but prosecutors are using his wife’s disappearance and the neighbor’s murder in Texas to build their case against him.
The cases were the subject of the HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”.