Robert Durst’s murder trial has been postponed to April 2021

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Durst, 77, was not in the courtroom when LA County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham announced that the prosecution and defense team had agreed to the long postponement. The trial will resume on April 12, 2021.

Durst is accused of having killed his close friend and confidant Susan Berman to prevent him from incriminating him in the disappearance in 1982 of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack.

The trial was initially suspended in March over concerns over the coronavirus, after just a few days of testifying. It was scheduled to resume on July 27 before Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney John Lewin proposed earlier this month that the trial be postponed until next year.

In June, Durst’s attorney David Chesnoff pleaded for a ‘fresh start’, saying a new jury should be chosen over concerns over jurors’ ability to accurately remember past testimony and their exposure. to outside influences during the trial break.

The defense team requested that the trial be set aside, but Windham ultimately denied the request.

Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary “The Jinx,” is accused of shooting Berman in the head at his Beverly Hills home on December 23, 2000.

Durst pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and denied killing Berman, though a defense attorney admitted during oral argument in March that Durst found his body, panicked and ran. He also admitted to writing an anonymous note that led police to Berman’s body, which his attorneys had previously denied.

On the day of his death, Berman was scheduled to speak to police about Durst’s first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who went missing in 1982 and whose body has never been found. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman to prevent him from incriminating him. Durst has said on several occasions that he has nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Durst was arrested and charged in March 2015. He is housed in a protective medical unit at Twin Towers Prison, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He looked fragile in past court appearances and has undergone a long list of surgeries, including removing part of his esophagus and inserting a stent into his head to drain fluid from his. brain. Chesnoff said his client was at high risk for Covid-19.

CNN’s Ray Sanchez and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

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