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Robert Durst Hospitalized and on Ventilator With COVID

Durst had been sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder

Robert Durst, who was earlier this week sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Susan Berman, has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently on a ventilator, his lawyer told the media on Saturday.

“We were notified he tested positive, so we’re all very concerned,” Dick DeGuerin, Durst’s lead defense attorney, told CNN. He had earlier told the Los Angeles Times that the 78-year-old Durst had been hospitalized and is on a ventilator.

On Thursday, Durst was convicted by a jury in September for shooting Susan Berman, 55, in her Beverly Hills home in 2000. She was believed to be preparing to speak to investigators about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst, who had disappeared and was last seen in 1982.

Both sides delivered their closing arguments on Thursday. The trial began in early 2020 right before the pandemic and was paused after two weeks. It resumed in May 2021 with the same jury.

Durst was the focus of the six-part HBO documentary “The Jinx,” which covered the three accusations of murder for which he was never convicted. Toward the end of the series, Durst is shown going into a bathroom and made comments without realizing he was being recorded with a mic still on. It seemed to be a confession.

The “bathroom confession” featured in the documentary proves his guilt in an independent way, Judge Mark Windham said on Thursday.