New York real estate heir convicted murderer Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19 – .

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New York real estate heir convicted murderer Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19 – .


New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who was convicted this week in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

Defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said Durst was on a ventilator, after looking “worse than I have ever seen him” during his conviction on Thursday.

Durst, 78, who has a number of medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic gaze for most of the sentencing hearing.

The Los Angeles Superior Court released a statement on Saturday that someone at Durst’s sentencing hearing tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a result, the court will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the LA County Department of Public Health to assess close contacts of the infected person,” it read.

Durst was sentenced to life without parole on Thursday for the murder of his best friend, Susan Berman, in 2000.

Susan Berman was killed in California in 2000. (AP: Etienne Laurent / pool, file)

Last month, a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Ms Berman, 55, in the back of the head in her Beverly Hills home.

The jury also found him guilty of the special circumstances of waiting and murdering a witness, which results in a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Durst has long been a suspect but has never been charged in the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack, who went missing in New York in 1982.

Evidence from the trial indicated Ms Berman helped provide Durst with a false alibi during Ms McCormack’s disappearance.

Prosecutors alleged Durst killed Ms Berman because he feared she would reveal what she knew to authorities.

The murder haunted family and friends for 15 years, before Durst was arrested in 2015 after participating in a documentary that uncovered new evidence and surprised him in a startling confession.

AP/Reuters

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