LOS ANGELES — The California murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst is scheduled to resume in front of a jury in April following the multimillionaire refused an offer Friday to allow a judge to determine his destiny earlier.
The situation was put to restart in July following a four-month delay due to the coronavirus epidemic but defense attorneys had objected over health issues for jurors, their 77-year-old customer.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham stated he’d restart the situation on April 12.
Windham had provided Durst that the choice of a bench trial in a July 17 hearing. He gave defense attorneys fourteen days to check with their customer to determine whether he wished to waive his right to a jury and allow the judge rule after hearing the proof.
Durst, who was not in court Friday, chose to stay with the prosecution, his attorneys said.
Durst’s trial at the 2000 shooting death of his very best friend Susan Berman had only begun as it was stopped in March.
Prosecutors allege Durst murdered Berman since he feared she was going to inform New York authorities he murdered his wife in 1982 and she helped him to cover up the offense.
Durst, who had been detained in the killing in New Orleans in 2015, has pleaded not guilty.
Kathleen Durst hasn’t been discovered, though she’s been officially announced dead. Durst hasn’t been charged with any offense related to her disappearance, and it has denied any part in her passing.
In case the trial resumes in April, as now proposed, it’s going to have been postponed over a year.
Defense attorneys have argued for a mistrial because they do not think Durst can find a reasonable trial after such a lengthy delay.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin has stated the trial could be resumed, although jurors might want to be re-shown opening statements video, and also have to see testimony read back to them.
He explained took Morris Black in self-defense and then panicked and dismembered the body and chucked it out to sea from garbage bags.