His attorney told the Los Angeles Times that real estate heir Robert Durst, 78, who was sentenced to life in prison this week for killing a friend in 2000, has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been mechanically ventilated.
Durst was already showing signs of illness while reading his sentence last Thursday (14). “It looked worse than ever,” his lawyer, Dick DeGren, told the newspaper.
The location of Dorset’s treatment was not disclosed. During his trial, he was held at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center in police custody.
Durst was convicted of the death of Susan Berman. This was the first punishment for a man who had evaded justice in the past 39 years.
Durst, the millionaire whose grandfather founded one of New York City’s largest real estate companies, was the prime suspect, but not formally charged, in the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack, who disappeared in New York in 1982.
Last month, a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Berman, 55, in the back of the head at his Beverly Hills home. The jury also found him guilty of the circumstances of plotting to ambush and kill a witness. Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Evidence from the trial indicated that Berman helped provide Durst with a false argument for McCormack’s disappearance. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because he was afraid she would reveal what she knew to the authorities.
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