BREAKING: Robert Durst, 78, is hospitalized in jail over ‘health incident’ in the middle of his murder trial: Prosecutor suggests he could be FAKING illness after ‘sharing plan to feign dementia’
- Robert Durst, 78, is in a jail hospital after an ‘incident’ involving his health behind bars, the judge presiding over his murder case said
- Defense lawyers said it was related to his bladder cancer
- Prosecutors told a judge that Durst said in jail that he planned to fake dementia and secure a mistrial due to COVID-19
- The judge believes it’s serious: ‘He wouldn’t be taken to the hospital without a legitimate question as to health’
- Durst is accused of killing Susan Berman in an execution-style shooting because prosecutors believe she had information on his wife’s 1982 disappearance
Robert Durst, 78, is in a jail hospital after an ‘incident’ involving his health behind bars, the judge presiding over his ongoing murder trial said on Thursday when he dismissed the jury for a long weekend.
‘Mr Durst is not here,’ Judge Mark E. Windham said. ‘We understand he is in the jail hospital because of some incident this morning involving his health.’
But the prosecutor and Durst’s lawyer are debating if it’s legit or a stall tactic, according to Lawandcrime.com, who was the first to report the breaking news.
Robert Durst (pictured on Tuesday) has told so many lies over the years that he is unable to remember them all – and his own words will be his ‘undoing’, a prosecutor said Tuesday
Defense attorneys wanted to postpone trial indefinitely, citing Durst’s bladder cancer diagnosis, lawandcrime.com reported.
He has appeared throughout trial in a wheelchair.
Cathy Russon of Law & Crime Network, who was in the courtroom Thursday when the jury was sent home, tweeted Deputy District Attorney John Lewin’s response to the postponement.
‘Prosecutor Lewin says Durst has been recorded in previous jail calls saying he was going to fake dementia. Lewin says he’s not sure if today is fake or real. Judge says Durst “was down, he was not in his chair,”‘ Russon tweeted.
Lewin declined comment when DailyMail.com called him, but lawandcrime.com reported that Lewin told the judge in court, ‘I have no idea whether this is legitimate or not, but.’
Windham is taking the matter seriously, saying, ‘He wouldn’t be taken to the hospital without a legitimate question as to health,’ lawandcrime.com reported.
‘The circumstances this morning were that he was – he was down. He was— he was not in his chair,’ the judge said.
DailyMail.com left emailed Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin for comment.
The trial is set scheduled to resume on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Durst is on trial for allegedly killing Susan Berman, 55, by shooting her in the back of the head, with prosecutors believing she had information on his wife Kathie Durst’s disappearance, which may have motivated Durst to allegedly murder her.
Durst has been in jail since 2015 on charges related to Berman’s death, with his trial in her murder resuming in mid May.
He had admitted to fatally shooting and dismembering his 71-year-old neighbor Morris Black in 2001, but he was acquitted of his murder in 2003 after claiming self defense.
But Lewis said the killing of Berman and Durst’s admission that he had killed Black are both tied to the mystery of Kathie Durst.
‘Everything starts with Kathie Durst’s disappearance and death at the hands of Mr. Durst,’ Lewin said.