NEW YORK (Associated Press) — The New York attorney general will seek an indictment in the coming weeks against millionaire real estate scion Robert Durst for the death of his ex-wife, Cathy Durst, who disappeared in 1982, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Friday. .
And Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocca decided in recent days to refer the case to a grand jury in the next week or two, according to the person who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity. The person said the grand jury process is expected to take about a month.
The news was first reported on Friday by News 12 in Westchester.
Kathy Durst’s disappearance has shadowed Robert Durst, 78, for years, and was highlighted in an HBO documentary that appeared to have confessed to killing people and culminated last month in his conviction in California for the murder of a close friend that prosecutors say helped him cover up the murder of Cathy Durst. .
A letter seeking comment was left on Friday with the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, which previously said it had reopened the investigation into Kathy Durst’s death. In a statement issued after Durst’s conviction last month, a spokesperson for Roca’s office said his investigation was continuing.
“I don’t respond to rumours,” said Durst’s attorney, David Chesnoff.
Robert Durst is imprisoned in Los Angeles and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 14 for the 2000 murder of his girlfriend Susan Berman. His conviction for first-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Dorset, the eccentric heir to a family of New York City developers, is now sick and weak. He sat throughout the trial in a wheelchair, spoke slowly in a tense, raspy voice as he testified in his own defense and read his attorney’s questions from a tablet that provided live transcripts because he had a hard of hearing.
Los Angeles prosecutors say Durst shot Berman at her Los Angeles home in December 2000 while she was preparing to tell police of her involvement in Kathy Durst’s death. Prosecutors said she told her friends that she gave him a false argument after his wife’s disappearance.
“He’s a narcissistic psychopath. He killed his wife and then had to keep killing in order to cover up for it,” Deputy Attorney General John Lewin said after Durst’s conviction in the Los Angeles case.
Cathy Durst was 29 years old and in her final months of medical school when she disappeared on January 31, 1982. She and Robert Durst, who was 38 at the time, had been married for nearly nine years and lived in South Salem, near Connecticut. the border. Her body was never found. At the request of her family, she was declared legally dead in 2017.
Robert Durst claimed to the police that on the night of her disappearance, he put her on a train to New York City, had a drink with a neighbor, and then spoke with Cathy Durst on the phone while she was staying in their Manhattan apartment. He said they were arguing early in the evening. A few weeks before that, Cathy Durst went to the hospital with facial injuries she said were caused by Robert Durst.
In the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” he admitted that he made up details about seeing his neighbor and speaking to Cathy Durst over the phone, saying he did so because he “hoped it would lead to all of this.” Something goes away.”
In the same documentary, after directors confronted Durst with evidence linking him to Berman’s murder, he got off the camera and muttered to himself over a live microphone in the bathroom: “They killed them all, of course.”
Robert Durst, who divorced Cathy Durst in 1990 for allegedly abandoning her, has never been accused of her disappearance despite numerous efforts over the years to close the case. Authorities reopened the case in 1999, searching Lake and the couple’s home.
While all of this was happening, Durst fled to Galveston, Texas, where he was accused of killing his neighbor, Maurice Black. Then Dorset cut off Black’s body and threw it into the sea. Durst claimed it was self-defense – that he and Black were struggling to control a gun – and he was acquitted. He was convicted of destroying evidence to dispose of body parts.
Durst, in his testimony at the Los Angeles trial, denied killing Cathy Durst. After her medical school called to report that she wasn’t going to class, he said he found out she was “somewhere having fun” and suggested drug use might be the culprit.
“It never occurred to me that anything had happened to her,” Durst testified in August. “It was like what Kathy did to Kathy?”
Associated Press reporters Brian Milley and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles contributed to this report.