Wednesday, July 6, 2022

US murder convict Robert Durst, sentenced for life, tests Covid positive

Robert Durst, the notorious subject of the HBO docuseries The Jinx, who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to his lawyer.
“We were notified he tested positive, so we’re all very concerned,” Dick DeGuerin, Durst’s lead defence lawyer, said in a phone call, but he could not confirm when the diagnosis was made.
Mr DeGuerin noted Durst looked unwell during the sentencing on Thursday.
“He looked horrible at sentencing,” he said.
“I was really concerned even back then because he was having difficulties breathing, he was having difficulties speaking, worse than he’s ever looked.”
He declined to provide additional information on Durst’s medical condition or whereabouts, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said HIPAA laws prevent them from disclosing information about Durst’s health.
In an earlier statement to the Los Angeles Times, Mr DeGuerin confirmed Durst had been hospitalised and placed on a ventilator.
The attorney added he’s concerned for everyone who has been in close contact with Durst, including every member of his legal team and “particularly the deputy who shepherded him in and out of the courtroom during the entire trial (and) was in close contact with him for a long time.”
Mr DeGuerin said he has not tested positive for the virus and is in the process of getting re-tested, and cancelled personal travel plans to avoid close contact with others.
Durst, 78, who has bladder cancer and other physical ailments, was convicted by a jury September 17 of shooting his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 at her Beverly Hills home, hours before she was set to talk to investigators about the mysterious disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who was last seen in 1982.

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