NEW YORK (AP) — Millionaire existent property scion Robert Durst was indicted Monday connected a execution complaint successful the decease of his archetypal wife, Kathie Durst, who disappeared astir 4 decades ago, prosecutors said.
The second-degree execution indictment successful the New York City suburbs comes weeks aft an researcher successful the lawsuit filed a transgression ailment against the 78-year-old Durst, who was precocious sentenced to beingness successful situation successful California for sidesplitting a confidante who helped him screen up the slaying.
Durst was transferred to a authorities situation aesculapian portion past week little than 2 weeks aft being hospitalized connected a ventilator with COVID-19 pursuing sentencing successful the Los Angeles case.
A warrant has been issued for his apprehension successful the sidesplitting of Kathie Durst, Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah said successful a connection announcing the indictment.
“When Kathleen Durst disappeared connected January 31, 1982, her household and friends were near with pain, anguish and questions that person contributed to their unfaltering pursuit of justness for the past 39 years,” Rocah said.
Kathie Durst’s 1982 disappearance garnered renewed nationalist involvement aft HBO aired a documentary successful 2015 successful which the eccentric heir appeared to admit sidesplitting people, stepping disconnected camera and muttering to himself connected a unrecorded microphone: “Killed them all, of course.”
The expansive assemblage that indicted Durst kept gathering and proceeding witnesses adjacent aft State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra filed a transgression ailment successful a municipality tribunal successful Lewisboro, New York, connected Oct. 19 charging Durst with second-degree murder.
Kathie Durst was 29 and successful her last months of aesculapian schoolhouse erstwhile she was past seen. She and Robert Durst, who was 38 astatine the time, had been joined astir 9 years and were surviving successful South Salem, a assemblage successful Lewisboro. Her assemblage was ne'er found. At the petition of her family, she was declared legally dormant successful 2017.
Robert Durst’s household owns much than 16 cardinal quadrate feet of existent property successful New York and Philadelphia, including a 10% involvement successful One World Trade Center, the Manhattan skyscraper formerly known arsenic the Freedom Tower. Family members bought retired Robert Durst’s involvement successful the concern for $65 cardinal successful 2006.
In the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Durst appeared to admit sidesplitting radical and admitted helium made up details astir what happened the nighttime she disappeared due to the fact that helium was “hoping that would conscionable marque everything spell away.”
Durst, who has galore aesculapian issues, sat successful a wheelchair for overmuch of the California proceedings and sentencing hearing. He work his lawyer’s questions from a tablet giving unrecorded transcriptions due to the fact that helium struggles with hearing.
Durst, testifying successful the Los Angeles proceedings successful August, denied sidesplitting Kathie Durst. After her aesculapian schoolhouse called to study that she hadn’t been going to class, helium said helium figured she was “out someplace having fun” and suggested that possibly cause usage was to blame.
“It hadn’t occurred to maine that thing had happened to her,” Durst said, speaking dilatory successful a strained, raspy voice. “It was much like: What had Kathie done to Kathie?”
Asked if helium had immoderate absorption to the indictment, Durst lawyer Chip Lewis replied successful an email: “Fake news!”