Hudson Valley real estate heir Robert Durst was convicted of murder on Friday night.
A Los Angeles jury convicted Durst Friday of shooting his friend Susan Berman to death in 2000.
Prosecutors said the 78-year-old killed Berman to prevent him from speaking to Westchester Police about the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie Durst, in 1982.
After seven hours of deliberation and a 15-week trial, the panel of nine women and three men found the New York realtor guilty of the murder of Burman.
The jury began hearing testimony in March 2020 before taking a 14-month hiatus during the pandemic. The case was resumed in May of this year.
A New York City Police investigator spoke up and told jurors he was about to reach out to Berman when she was shot in the head.
Kathie’s family has been searching for answers in her case for decades. After this verdict, the family say justice for Kathie is within reach.
In order for jurors to find Durst guilty of murdering Berman, they had to believe that he first killed Kathie in Westchester in 1982 because the charge he faced was to kill a witness.
Kathie’s family lawyer sent News 12 a statement that says in part: “Not a day goes by that we don’t think of our beautiful, intelligent and kind sister Kathleen. Today, more than ever, it is clear that she was murdered by Robert Durst in Westchester County. The Los Angeles justice system has finally served the Berman family. Now is the time for Westchester to do the same for the McCormack family and indict Durst for the murder of his wife, Kathie, which occurred there is almost forty years old.
Durst being terminally ill and battling cancer, pressure mounts for the Westchester District Attorney and his Cold Case team – who reopened Kathie’s disappearance earlier this year and filed it as murder.
The district attorney issued a statement saying: “The Westchester District Attorney’s Office congratulates all who persuaded a California jury to hold Robert Durst responsible for the murder of Susan Berman. Our independent investigation, which District Attorney Rocah reopened shortly after taking office into Kathie Durst’s death, is still ongoing and we will have no further comment at this time. “
People close to the investigation said News 12 that four people devote themselves full time to the investigation of Kathie’s case.
At least one source said News 12 that an indictment decision could be taken as early as October.
The hour-long News 12 documentary “Robert Durst: Buried Secrets” will be rebroadcast on the following dates:
Sep 18: 2 p.m.
Sep 18: 7 p.m.
Sep 19: 2 p.m.
Sep 19: 7 p.m.