Durst, 78, was sentenced by a prison judge on September 17 for shooting his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 at his home in Beverly Hills, just hours before he was due to speak to investigators about the mysterious disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who was last seen in 1982.
The heir to the throne in the New York real estate empire, Durst stood trial in a month-long trial and refused to assassinate McCormack Durst and Berman. He says he found Berman under the bedroom with a deadly gun behind his head.
But during interrogation, Durst testified that he would lie to himself if he killed them. Prosecutors’ questions also prompted Durst to admit his guilt five times during his trial.
And again, Durst and Berman’s longtime friend, Nick Chavin, testified that the appellant had told him, “It was him or me,” referring to Berman. “I had no choice.”
As part of their verdict, the judges agreed that the case met with “essential” conditions in California law, which allows Durst to be sentenced to life without parole, for the murder of a witness to crime, ambush and use of a murder weapon. California has a moratorium on the death penalty.
He was on trial for separatist from the prison at the time the court announced the verdict, a lawyer said.
This ruling comes years after Durst’s misconduct in the 2015 HBO series “The Jinx.” At the last moment of the demonstration, Durst went into the bathroom, apparently unaware that his mic was still there, and made a series of words that looked like confession.
“There it is. You’ve been caught,” he said in a series of seemingly unrelated sentences. “He was telling the truth. I was wrong.”
“What the hell did I do? They killed them all, yes,” he said.
Accordingly, recording records in the courts showed that these quotations were folded and adjusted to be in a certain stage and condition, The New York Times reported. Durst said he was “high on the mat” at the time of releasing the record.
McCormack Durst was officially pronounced dead in 2017. His body has not yet been found and no one has been charged with the crime.
Berman’s death is not the first time Durst has faced a test. In 2003, Durst told police he had killed and mutilated a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, two years ago. He allegedly shot the man and stabbed him in shock. Prosecutors said they wanted to steal the man’s identity card and flee the investigation into his wife’s disappearance.
CNN’s Eric Levenson and Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.