Robert Durst Trial: Charges, Timeline and Revelations From the 'Jinx' Doc

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Four years after 'The Jinx' docuseries, the 76-year-old real estate heir is finally on trial for the murder Susan Berman.
The reckoning for Robert Durst may finally have arrived. The 76-year-old real estate heir is on trial in Los Angeles for the 2000 murder of friend Susan Berman.

While he's only on trial for Berman's murder, Durst has long been suspected of being involved in two other crimes: the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack, and the killing and dismemberment of Morris Black. (He's long maintained his innocence when it comes to Berman and McCormack, and he was acquitted of Black's murder in 2003.)

Durst's notoriety peaked in 2015 when HBO released the six-part docuseries, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which seemingly caught him confessing to all three crimes. "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course," he mumbled to himself, unaware he was being recorded in the bathroom in the finale.

Shortly after the docuseries concluded, Durst was arrested on an out-of-state murder warrant for Berman's death, and he's been in and out of court ever since.

Arrest and Charges Against Durst

Durst faces one count of murder of Berman, who was found dead in her home in Benedict Canyon, California. Following the initial charge, Durst pleaded not guilty. "I did not kill Susan Berman," he said during November 2016 hearing. After his plea, the Los Angeles District Attorney announced that it would not seek the death penalty.

California authorities reopened Berman's case in part due to the HBO series. "As a result of investigative leads and additional evidence that has come to light in the past year, investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for Ms. Berman's death," the LAPD said at the time.

In addition to the murder charge, Durst also faced felony firearms and drug charges. At the time of his arrest, Durst had a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver on his body as well as marijuana, $42,000 in cash, a latex mask, a fake I.D., a legitimate passport, and maps of Cuba. Officials also reported that he was expecting a package…
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