The subject of HBO’s 2015 documentary series “The Jinx,” New York real estate heir Robert Durst, has been ordered to stand trial on murder charges in the killing of a close friend in Los Angeles 18 years ago.
A judge ruled that there’s enough evidence to try the 75-year-old multimillionaire in connection with the point-blank shooting of Susan Berman at her home. Durst has pleaded not guilty.
Durst allegedly killed Berman, a friend from college and the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, to keep her from telling police what she knew about his wife’s 1982 disappearance in New York, prosecutors contend.
Kathleen Durst has been missing for more than 35 years and is presumed dead.
Robert Durst, who has never been charged with a crime related to his wife’s disappearance, has denied killing either woman.
Durst remains jailed without bail and was ordered back to court Nov. 8 for arraignment. The murder charge against him includes the special-circumstance allegations of lying in wait and killing a witness to a crime.
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Trial ordered for Robert Durst, 75, in murder of friend in Los Angeles