A hearing in Los Angeles this week in the murder case of New York real estate scion Robert Durst was postponed after the multimillionaire was hospitalized in the middle of the night.
Durst, who is accused of shooting his best friend, Susan Berman, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday for a third day of testimony from a retired NYPD detective, but the defendant never showed up.
Inside the courtroom Thursday afternoon, a bailiff approached Durst’s defense team, telling them their client had been hospitalized at 1:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported The bailiff added that Durst had since been released back to the Los Angeles County jail but would not be transported to the courthouse.
Durst’s attorneys said they didn’t yet have any information on why their client was hospitalized. He has been jailed without bail since he was brought to Los Angeles to face the murder charge in November 2016.
In recent years, his lawyers have said, he also underwent surgery for esophageal cancer and had his cervical spine fused. He complained about his medical problems during a lengthy interview with a Los Angeles County prosecutor when he was arrested on suspicion of Berman’s murder in 2015, according to The Times.
Retired New York police Det. Michael Struk, who led an investigation into the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen, was expected to continue his testimony Thursday. Instead, he will take the stand Nov. 28, The Times reported.
—City News Service
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