Real-estate scion Robert Durst’s Los Angeles trial for the slaying of his best friend more than two decades ago is set to resume Monday after a yearlong break due to COVID-19.
On March 12 of last year, after six days of testimony, Judge Mark Windham halted the trial as the pandemic raged across the country and prompted the shuttering of courts and a state-wide stay-at-home order.
The same panel of 23 jurors, including 11 alternates, will return to Los Angeles County Superior Court for informal questioning before hearing a fresh set of opening statements a day or two later.
Durst, 78, is accused of shooting longtime pal Susan Berman in the back of the head in 2000 in her Beverly Hills home.
Prosecutors have argued that Durst executed Berman to stop her from sharing what she knew about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathie Durst in Westchester after authorities launched a new probe. Although his first wife’s body was never found, Durst remains the prime suspect.
The eccentric millionaire then killed and dismembered Morris Black in 2001 in Galveston, Texas, to prevent him from disclosing his whereabouts to investigators — but a jury acquitted him of murder after he testified that he’d acted in self-defense.
Los Angeles prosecutors said they would prove that Durst committed all three slayings, which are intrinsically connected.
Durst is estranged from his family who owns the Durst Organization, a Manhattan real-estate company.
He has been jailed since his 2015 arrest — which was spurred by admissions he made in the HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” — and has pleaded not guilty.
With Post wires