New York heir Durst pleads not guilty to mur­der in LA court

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES >> Real es­tate heir Robert Durst pleaded not guilty to mur­der Mon­day in the death of a friend who author­i­ties said Durst wanted to keep from talk­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors look­ing into the dis­ap­pear­ance of his first wife.

The 73-year-old Durst, wear­ing a neck brace and seated in a wheel­chair, en­tered the plea dur­ing a lon­gawaited ap­pear­ance in a Los An­ge­les court­room in the death of Su­san Ber­man 16 years ago.

“I do want to say here and now though I am not guilty,” a pale and frail-look­ing Durst said in court. “I did not kill Su­san Ber­man.”

Durst’s state­ment came af­ter his at­tor­ney un­suc­cess­fully ar­gued to ban news me­dia cam­eras from the court­room. Pros­e­cu­tors said they would not be seek­ing the death penalty against Durst.

Durst be­came a na­tional name when HBO aired the doc­u­men­tary “The Jinx” that cast sus­pi­cion on him in­volv­ing sev­eral crimes.

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