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Robert Durst’s family helped cover up disappearance, murder of wife: lawyers

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Robert Durst’s brother and father helped cover up the 1982 disappearance and murder of the real estate heir’s wife, Kathie Durst, lawyers for the missing woman claimed Monday.

“Attorneys representing Kathleen Durst’s family say #RobertDurst brother Douglas & father Seymore aided in the cover-up of Kathleen’s disappearance and murder,” Law & Crime executive producer Cathy Russon tweeted.

The bombshell accusation by the law firm Abrams and Fensterman comes as Robert Durst’s Los Angeles trial in the murder of his longtime confidant is set to resume after a 14-month delay.

Durst, 78, has been jailed since 2015 on charges he shot and killed his friend Susan Berman in her Los Angeles home in 2000.

Prosecutors contend that the kooky real estate heir shot Berman in the back of the head because she was about to give information to authorities on Durst’s missing wife, Kathie.

Kathie Durst vanished from the couple’s New York home in 1982, and authorities believe Durst killed her — although he has never been charged with her death. Her body was never found.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewin speaks during the second day of opening statements of Robert Durst's murder trial.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin speaks during the second day of opening statements of Robert Durst’s murder trial in March 2020.
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Durst was also accused of killing his neighbor, Morris Black, in Texas while he was in hiding — but was acquitted after claiming self-defense.

His trial in Berman’s death began last year, with opening arguments and two days of testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom.

However, the case was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An old photo of Kathleen Durst and Robert Durst.
An old photo of Kathleen Durst and Robert Durst, whose murder was allegedly aided by Robert’s family, according to lawyers.
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The proposed resumption of the trial would be unprecedented, with jurors already seated and having heard testimony before being called back into court.

The panel of 23 jurors, including 11 alternates, was whittled down from a pool of 400, and lawyers for Durst argue that the long layover makes it impossible for the jury to be impartial given the high-profile nature of the case.

The defense team also asked for a delay in the trial due to Durst’s health issues, including a battle with cancer.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewin s presents opening arguments with a photo displayed of Susan Berman during Robert Durst's murder trial at the Airport Branch Courthouse
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin presents opening arguments with a photo displayed of Susan Berman during Robert Durst’s murder trial at the Airport Branch Courthouse.
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However, Judge Mark Windham has vowed to try to push ahead and is due to question the jurors on Monday before resuming the proceedings on Tuesday.



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