New York real estate heir Robert Durst has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently connected to a ventilator, his lawyer has said.
“All we know he has tested positive for Covid-19, he’s in the hospital and on a ventilator,” Dick DeGuerin told NBC News on a phone call. “He looked awful Thursday, the worst I’ve ever seen him. He had trouble breathing, he had trouble speaking. “
His diagnosis comes the same week he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a friend over 20 years ago, in a murder likely linked to the killer’s missing wife.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham on Thursday handed down the sentence a month after jurors convicted Durst, 78, of first degree murder for the Dec. 23, 2000 death of Susan Berman. Berman was shot at close range in the back of the head inside his home in Benedict Canyon. Durst’s lawyers plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.
DeGuerin said he believed Durst was vaccinated, but was unsure if he had a booster of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Grace Medrano, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told NBC News in an email that they could not answer medical questions related to Durst’s health, citing HIPAA privacy rules, that set national standards to protect an individual’s medical records and other personal health issues. information. Medrano also refused to disclose Durst’s vaccination status.
This is not the first time that Durst’s health has been an issue since the trial.
He was briefly hospitalized in June following “an incident involving his health this morning,” Windham said at the time. The judge also denied DeGuerin’s request to postpone the trial because Durst was battling bladder cancer and other health issues, according to DeGuerin.
Durst was also not in court the day jurors convicted him of Berman’s murder last month because he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported Durst’s latest Covid-related hospitalization.