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By Andrew Blankstein and Phil Helsel
A Los Angeles judge on Thursday ordered property heirs Robert Durst to court in 2000 in the murder of his girlfriend Susan Berman stand. [1
Prosecutors claim that Durst is worried that Berman would implicate him in the death of his first wife, Kathie, who disappeared in 1982. Her body was never found, and thirst was never charged
The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, Judge Mark E. Winham, issued his verdict after a two-week trial in which he heard statements from two friends of Kathie Durst, Two former New York Post reporters who quenched the thirst for interview after missing interview, interviews of "Jinx" filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling, as well as evidence from prosecutors and police officers.
Durst was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans for a murder warrant in connection with the investigation of Bermans death
Durst is charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, he faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment without probation; Los Angel
Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said in a telephone interview Thursday night that the verdict was no surprise and that Durst maintain his innocence.
"Bob Durst did not kill Susan Berman and I do not know who it was," DeGuerin said. "She was his best friend."
"This was a case created by a television series," DeGuerin added.
The thirst was brought to trial in 2003 for the murder of his neighbor Morris Black, whose body he was
Thirst was acquitted by a jury, though he admitted to chopping the victim's corpse, carefully placing the body parts in plastic He had argued that the killing was in self-defense and thirst decreed the corpse because he feared the police would harass him after rumors of Berman's assassination and the disappearance of his body were thrown into the bay of Galveston Bay Woman had raised.
In the finale of an HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst" Durst seems to confess not only to Berman's killing but to at least two others.
A microphone he wore during the interview was live when he went to the bathroom. It whispered to him, "What a disaster … I'm having trouble asking, what the hell did I do, they were all killed, of course."
Thursday's decision comes after a request from Prosecutors to use "adoptive admissions" of thirst as evidence in the process of putting thirst on trial. They wanted to use the comments, the thirsty director of the 2010 movie "All Good Things," which was inspired by the story of the disappearance of Durst's wife.
Commenting on the DVD of the film, when Durst "was questioned in front of the camera about his feelings about a movie that claimed he had murdered three people and a dog, he replied, not with denials, but with the statement: "I felt that the film was very, very, very, very close to what happened pretty much," says Los Angeles lawyer John Lewin, the deputy district attorney, wrote this week in a lawsuit.
DeGuerin called "All Good Things" a fiction and said Durst liked the movie in part because th The character based on it was played by Ryan Gosling.
Thirst becomes detained without bail at Twin Towers Jail, Los Angeles.