Robert Durst sick with Covid-19, and on a ventilator, following life sentence, lawyer says

New York actual property inheritor Robert Durst has examined constructive for Covid-19 and is presently related to a ventilator, his lawyer mentioned.

“All we all know he’s examined constructive for Covid-19, he’s in hospital and on a ventilator,” Dick DeGuerin advised NBC Information on a cellphone name. “He regarded terrible Thursday, worst I’ve ever seen him. He was having problem respiration, he was having problem talking.”

His analysis comes the identical week he was sentenced to life in jail for murdering a pal greater than 20 years in the past, in a slaying presumably tied to the killer’s lacking spouse.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Decide Mark Windham handed down that punishment one month after jurors convicted Durst, 78, of first-degree homicide for the Dec. 23, 2000, loss of life of Susan Berman. Berman was shot at point-blank vary behind the pinnacle inside her Benedict Canyon dwelling. Durst’s attorneys plan to attraction the decide’s choice.

DeGuerin mentioned he believes Durst was vaccinated, however didn’t know if he had a Covid-19 vaccine booster.

Grace Medrano, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division, advised NBC Information in an e mail that they cannot reply medical questions associated to Durst’s well being citing HIPAA privateness guidelines, which establishes nationwide requirements to guard a person’s medical data and different private well being info. Medrano additionally declined to reveal Durst’s vaccination standing.

This isn’t the primary time Durst’s well being has been a difficulty since throughout the trial.

He was briefly hospitalized in June following “some incident this morning involving his well being,” Windham mentioned on the time. The decide additionally denied DeGuerin’s request to postpone the trial as a result of Durst was battling bladder most cancers and different well being issues, in keeping with DeGuerin.

Durst was additionally not in court docket the day jurors convicted him of Berman’s homicide final month as a result of he had been uncovered to somebody who examined constructive for Covid-19, in keeping with the Los Angeles Occasions, who first reported Durst’s newest Covid-related hospitalization.

Court docket filings obtained by the newspaper additionally present that Durst’s attorneys repeatedly sought a mistrial claiming he was too sick to testify in his personal protection. Durst additionally endured most of his trial in a wheelchair.

Previous to Berman’s homicide in 2000, she was scheduled to talk to police a couple of pretend alibi she allegedly gave Durst when his spouse disappeared in New York in 1982, in keeping with prosecutors.

Kathie Durst has by no means been discovered, and no fees have ever been introduced in connection together with her disappearance.

After Berman’s killing, Durst fell off the grid and landed in Galveston, Texas, the place he assumed the title Dorothy Ciner and often wore a lady’s wig, attire and excessive heels.

Claiming self-defense, Durst was acquitted of the September 2001 killing of his neighbor Morris Black, regardless of admitting to dismembering his physique.

Then in a 2015 HBO documentary collection, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Durst appeared to admit to the slayings.

He went to the toilet whereas nonetheless sporting a sizzling microphone, which recorded him whispering to himself: “You are caught! What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, in fact.”

In statements earlier than Durst’s sentencing, Berman’s household spoke passionately concerning the influence she, and her homicide, had on them.

“Tell us the place Kathie’s physique is, so her household can get some closure,” David Berman, certainly one of Susan Berman’s cousins, mentioned.

Linda Takahashi contributed.

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