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US tycoon Robert Durst to stand trial for murder of best friend

Durst has been ordered to stand trial for the murder of his close friend Susan Berman

The New York real estate heir was the subject of a television documentary series, The Jinx.
The New York real estate heir was the subject of a television documentary series, The Jinx.
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US REAL ESTATE heir Robert Durst has been ordered to stand trial for the murder of his close friend Susan Berman, who was shot in the back of the head in 2000 at her home in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham said there was sufficient evidence to try the 75-year-old multimillionaire, whose life inspired an HBO documentary series.

Prosecutors allege Durst murdered Berman on or about 23 December 2000 to prevent her from being questioned by New York police over the disappearance of his wife Kathleen in 1982.

Durst was arrested in March 2015 in a New Orleans hotel room in connection with Berman’s murder, hours before the final episode of the six-part HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

The series delved into the disappearance of his wife as well as the killing of Berman and the 2001 death of a neighbour in Texas who was found dismembered.

Durst has denied killing his wife or Berman and has pleaded not guilty in the case involving Berman.

© – AFP, 2018

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