NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor will search an indictment within the coming weeks towards millionaire actual property scion Robert Durst for the dying of his former spouse, Kathie Durst, who disappeared in 1982, an individual accustomed to the matter informed The Associated Press on Friday.
Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah determined in current days to take the case to a grand jury within the subsequent week or two, in keeping with the particular person, who was not approved to talk publicly in regards to the matter and did so on situation of anonymity. The grand jury course of is anticipated to take a few month, the particular person stated.
The information was first reported Friday by News 12 in Westchester.
Kathie Durst’s disappearance has shadowed Robert Durst, 78, for years, highlighted in an HBO documentary during which he appeared to admit killing individuals and culminating final month in his conviction in California for murdering a confidante whom prosecutors say helped him cowl up Kathie Durst’s killing.
A message searching for remark was left Friday with the Westchester district legal professional’s workplace, which beforehand stated that it reopened the investigation into Kathie Durst’s dying. In a press release issued after Durst’s conviction final month, a spokesperson for Rocah’s workplace stated its investigation was ongoing.
Durst’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, stated: “I don’t respond to rumors.”
Robert Durst is jailed in Los Angeles and scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 14 for the 2000 killing of his good friend, Susan Berman. His first-degree homicide conviction carries a compulsory sentence of life in jail with out the potential of parole.
Durst, the eccentric inheritor to a household of New York City builders, is now sick and frail. He sat all through the trial in a wheelchair, spoke slowly in a strained, raspy voice when he testified in his personal protection and skim his lawyer’s questions from a pill giving stay transcriptions as a result of he struggles with listening to.
Los Angeles prosecutors say Durst shot Berman at her Los Angeles home in December 2000 as she was getting ready to inform police about her involvement in Kathie Durst’s dying. She had informed associates she offered a phony alibi for him after his spouse vanished, prosecutors stated.
“He’s a narcissistic psychopath. He killed his wife and then he had to keep killing to cover it up,“ Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said after Durst’s conviction in the Los Angeles case.
Kathie Durst was 29 and in her final months of medical school when she vanished on Jan. 31, 1982. She and Robert Durst, who was 38 at the time, had been married nearly nine years and were living in South Salem, near the Connecticut border. Her body was never found. At the request of her family, she was declared legally dead in 2017.
Robert Durst claimed to police that on the night of her disappearance, he’d put her on a train to New York City, had a drink with a neighbor and then spoke with Kathie Durst by telephone while she stayed at their Manhattan apartment. They’d been fighting earlier in the evening, he said. A few weeks before that, Kathie Durst went to the hospital with facial injuries she said were caused by Robert Durst.
In the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” he admitted he made up the small print about seeing his neighbor and speaking to Kathie Durst by telephone, saying he did so as a result of he was “hoping that would just make everything go away.”
In the identical documentary, after filmmakers confronted Durst with proof linking him to Berman’s killing, he stepped off digital camera and muttered to himself on a stay microphone within the lavatory: “Killed them all, of course.”
Robert Durst, who divorced Kathie Durst in 1990 citing abandonment, has by no means been charged in her disappearance regardless of a number of efforts through the years to shut the case. Authorities reopened the case in 1999, looking out a lake and the couple’s home.
While all that was taking place, Durst fled to Galveston, Texas, the place he was accused of killing a neighbor, Morris Black. Durst then chopped up Black’s physique and tossed it out to sea. Durst claimed self-defense — that he and Black have been struggling for management of a gun — and was acquitted. He was convicted of destroying proof for discarding the physique elements.
Durst, testifying within the Los Angeles trial, denied killing Kathie Durst. After her medical college referred to as to report that she hadn’t been going to class, he stated he figured she was “out someplace having fun” and prompt that maybe drug use was responsible.
“It hadn’t occurred to me that anything had happened to her,” Durst testified in August. “It was more like: what had Kathie done to Kathie?”
Associated Press reporters Brian Melley and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.