Robert Durst, the onetime heir to a New York real estate fortune, has been found guilty of first degree murder for killing his longtime friend Susan Berman.
A Los Angeles jury returned the verdict Friday afternoon after a months-long trial that began in May.
Prosecutors argued Durst, 78, shot and killed confidante Berman at point blank range in 2000 to prevent her from telling police about a fake alibi she provided after his wife Kathie disappeared from Westchester County in 1982.
Although he was only tried for Berman’s murder, prosecutors argued he killed Kathie — and planed to flee the country after an incriminating HBO documentary about the alleged murders aired.
Durst famously appeared to confess to the murders during the miniseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
“Killed them all, of course,” Durst was caught muttering to himself on a live mic. The show also exposed him lying about writing a note that directed cops to Berman’s corpse.
He was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans a day before the final episode aired in 2015, donning an elaborate head-to-shoulder prosthetic mask to conceal his identity, along with a pile of cash, a gun and a map of Cuba.
The trial began in the spring of last year but was paused for 14 months because of the pandemic.
With AP wires