Millionaire Robert Durst was found guilty of murder on Friday for shooting his confidant 21 years ago.

A California jury convicted the 78-year-old real estate heir of first-degree murder in the death of Susie Berman, which occurred in 2000.

Durst’s case is the subject of the HBO series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”


The New York City millionaire was arrested in 2015 in New Orleans before the airing of the final episode, during which prosecutors say he presented a confession, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because she planned to speak with authorities on a phony alibi she provided for him when his wife, Kathie Durst, disappeared.

Prosecutors also presented evidence of his wife’s presumed death to provide Durst’s motive and showcased previous trials where he was acquitted of killing his neighbor.

The jury found that Durst intentionally killed Berman because she was a witness, and that he used a handgun to shoot her. 

The conviction makes Durst eligible for the death penalty, and he will be sentenced Oct. 18. 

The trial resumed May after the court proceedings were first suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The jury deliberated for over seven and a half hours before reaching a verdict, according to Buzzfeed News.

According to The New York Times, 80 witnesses were called and 300 pieces of evidence were presented in the trial. 

The jury heard Durst make a series of acknowledgements right after his arrest, jail phone calls as well as more than 20 hours of damaging admissions during interviews with the producers of the HBO documentary.