1. Court clerk reads guilty verdict for Robert Durst, UPSOUND (English):
"Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, the people of the state of California versus Robert Durst. We the jury in the above entitled action find the defendant Robert Durst guilty of the crimes of first degree murder of Susan Berman and by application of Penal Code section 187 subsection A, a felony as charged in count one of the information. We further find the allegation that in the commission of the above offense that Susan Berman was a witness to a crime and was intentionally killed because of a fact within the meaning of Penal Code section 190.2 subsection 8, subsection 10 to be true. We further find the allegation that within the commission of the above offense that the defendant Robert Durst intentionally killed Susan Berman by means of lying in wait within the meaning of Penal Code section 190.2 subsection 8, subsection 15 to be true. We further find that the allegation that the defendant Robert Durst personally and intentionally used a firearm to wit, a handgun, within the meaning of Penal Code section 12022.53 subsection B to be true. We further find the allegation that the defendant Robert Durst personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, to wit a handgun, within the meaning of Penal Code section 12022.53 subsection C to be true. We further find the allegation that the defendant Robert Durst personally and intentionally a firearm, to wit a handgun, which caused great bodily injury and death to Susan Berman within the meaning of Penal Code section 12022.53 subsection B to be true, this 17th day of September, 2021, Juror number 12."
A Los Angeles jury convicted Robert Durst on Friday of murdering his best friend 20 years ago, a case that took on new life after the New York real estate heir participated in a documentary that connected him to the slaying that was linked to his wife’s 1982 disappearance.
Durst, 78, was not in court for the verdict from the jury that deliberated about seven hours over three days. He was in isolation at a jail because he was exposed to someone with coronavirus.
Durst, who faces a mandatory term of life in prison without parole when sentenced Oct. 18, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Berman.
She was shot at point-blank range in the back of the head in her Los Angeles home in December 2000 as she was prepared to tell police how she helped cover up his wife’s killing.
Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidante who told friends she provided a phony alibi for him after his wife vanished.
Prosecutors painted a portrait of a rich narcissist who didn’t think the laws applied to him and ruthlessly disposed of people who stood in his way.
They interlaced evidence of Berman’s killing with Kathie Durst’s suspected death and the 2001 killing of a tenant in a Texas flophouse where Robert Durst holed up while on the run from New York authorities.
Durst was arrested in 2015 while hiding out in a New Orleans hotel on the eve of the airing of the final episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” in which he was confronted with incriminating evidence and made what prosecutors said was a confession.
Durst could be heard muttering to himself on a live microphone in a bathroom: “There it is. You’re caught.”
Durst’s decision to testify in his own defense - hoping for a repeat of his acquittal in the Texas killing - backfired as he was forced to admit lying under oath, made damning admissions and had his credibility destroyed when questioned by the prosecutor.
The conviction marks a victory for authorities who have sought to put Durst behind bars for murder in three states.
Durst was never charged in the disappearance of his wife, who has never been found, and he was acquitted of murder in Galveston, Texas, where he admitted dismembering the victim’s body and tossing it out to sea.