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Robert Durst hospitalized, choose says, forcing keep in trial

Robert Durst, a multimillionaire actual property inheritor and defendant in a labyrinthine, closely-watched homicide trial, was hospitalized Thursday morning for an unspecified well being challenge, forcing one other setback within the long-delayed continuing.

Los Angeles Superior Court docket Choose Mark E. Windham, who’s presiding over the trial, mentioned Durst was despatched to a hospital within the Los Angeles County jail system for “some incident this morning involving his well being.”

The choose mentioned he didn’t have a lot details about Durst’s situation, past that jail workers discovered the 78-year-old “down” and never in his wheelchair on Thursday morning. Windham dismissed the jury and delayed the continuing to Monday morning.

Chip Lewis, one in every of Durst’s attorneys, had no details about his shopper’s situation past what the choose disclosed in courtroom. “All we all know is that he was hospitalized earlier this morning,” he wrote in an e-mail.

For the final month, Durst has been escorted into courtroom every morning in a wheelchair to face the cost that he killed his buddy and confidante, Susan Berman, at her Benedict Canyon residence in 2000. Based on the prosecution’s idea of the case, Durst feared that Berman was going to speak to authorities who had reopened an investigation into the disappearance of his spouse, Kathleen Durst, who vanished in 1982 and has by no means been discovered.

Durst’s attorneys have argued that he by no means killed Berman, however discovered her physique inside her residence and panicked, later writing a letter to the Beverly Hills police alerting them to a “cadaver” at Berman’s deal with.

Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin, who’s main Durst’s prosecution, voiced his suspicions that the defendant was faking a medical disaster to pressure a mistrial. Lewin mentioned Durst is “on report” in his calls from county jail saying he supposed to feign dementia or search a mistrial because of COVID-19.

“I do not know whether or not that is authentic or not, however clearly, given his historical past, it’s actually suspect as to what his precise situation is,” Lewin mentioned. Noting that Durst’s attorneys had twice sought mistrials throughout the day prior to this’s testimony, the prosecutor added, “It’s very clear the protection and the defendant need this trial to go away.”

Windham mentioned it could be as much as the medical doctors on the jail hospital to find out Durst’s health to face trial.

“Is it false? Is it pretend? They do job on the jail of ascertaining if an individual is nice to go to courtroom,” he mentioned.

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