US tycoon Durst, sentenced to life in prison, is on ventilator with COVID: lawyer

In this file photo taken on October 14, 2021, Robert Durst is seen at the Los Angeles airport courthouse as he is sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Susan Berman.
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Washington: US real estate mogul Robert Durst, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his best friend, has been placed on a ventilator after being infected with COVID-19, according to a US media report.

Durst, 78, was given a life sentence this week without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of murdering his friend in 2000 at his Beverly Hills home to prevent him from speaking to police about the disappearance of his wife two decades earlier.

Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told the Los Angeles Times his client was in “very poor condition” at the sentencing hearing.

Durst was hospitalized and put on a ventilator after catching the coronavirus, DeGuerin said.

“He had trouble breathing and he had trouble communicating,” DeGuerin told The Times. “He looked worse than I have ever seen him and I was very worried about him.”

Durst, a multimillionaire who was the subject of an explosive HBO documentary titled “The Jinx,” has consistently denied the charges against him.

But he whispered to himself “Killed them all, of course” as the microphone remained on during a break in recording the film’s final episode.

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